Thief ‘blows’ R7,2k stolen money

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa Court Re­porter

A MAN from Bu­l­awayo allegedly went on a spend­ing spree, even hir­ing a taxi to take him to a toi­let less than 50 me­tres from a beer­hall, af­ter break­ing into his aunt’s house and steal­ing R7 200.

A court heard that De­sire Mu­vimi (21) stole the money from a R10 000 stash in his aunt’s wardrobe.

Ap­pear­ing be­fore West­ern Com­mon­age Mag­is­trate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu on Wed­nes­day, Mu­vimi pleaded not guilty to theft and was re­manded in cus­tody to to­mor­row for trial. He ad­mit­ted to break­ing into his aunt’s house but claimed he stole far less than the stated amount. “I did break into the house but I only took R1 500.

This amount that they are re­fer­ring to, I know noth­ing about it,” said Mu­vimi.

In his warned and cau­tioned state­ment, Mu­vimi ad­mit­ted to liv­ing large on the money at Zothile Sports Bar in En­tum­bane sub­urb. “I spent the money on beer and women. I would hire a taxi to take me to the toi­let and back,” read the state­ment. The amount he paid for the taxi was not re­vealed.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Kenneth Shava told the court that on Satur­day last week, Mu­vimi broke a bur­glar bar to gain en­try into Love­ness Mu­tizwa’s house.

“The com­plainant went to Pre­mier Hos­pi­tal around 12PM and re­turned at 7PM.

She no­ticed her bur­glar bar was bro­ken.On the fol­low­ing day she re­alised that there was R7 200 miss­ing from the R10 000 she had hidden in her wardrobe,” said Mr Shava. “Com­plaint suspected ac­cused be­cause he had a habit of steal­ing money from the house.

She asked him but he said he didn’t know any­thing about the miss­ing money. She in­structed one Me­jury Mu­tizwa to make a re­port to the po­lice.”Mr Shava said just af­ter Me­jury had left, Love­ness found a wal­let at the door con­tain­ing R800 and Mu­vimi’s national iden­tity card.

He said the dis­cov­ery of the wal­let led to Mu­vimi’s ar­rest — @tan­nytkay.

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