Woman fakes in-law’s death to de­fraud burial so­ci­ety

Un­re­pen­tant cell­phone thief gets five years

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu Wal­ter Mswazie

A 26-YEAR-OLD Mangwe woman faked her fa­ther-in-law’s death to de­fraud a burial so­ci­ety of $219.

Mem­ory Dube who is from Nx­ele Vil­lage ap­proached Batanai Burial So­ci­ety some­time in Fe­bru­ary and told them that her fa­ther-in­law had died in Nkayi. She was given $219. Dube told a court she had been con­tribut­ing to the burial so­ci­ety for 10 years but had never had a be­reave­ment, so she felt it was time for her to ben­e­fit.

The trea­surer of the burial so­ci­ety, Mrs Mar­ri­eta Moyo said they dis­cov­ered that Dube had tricked them three months af­ter giv­ing her the money.

Last month a crim­i­nal court sen­tenced Dube to 315 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice at the so­cial wel­fare of­fices at the Plumtree Bor­der Post for de­fraud­ing the burial so­ci­ety.

Last week, the so­ci­ety dragged her back to court in a civil claim for the $219.

Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Li­vard Phile­mon or­dered Dube to pay back the money.

He gave Dube a tongue lash­ing for de­fraud­ing the burial so­ci­ety. — @ DubeMatutu A 40-YEAR-OLD ex-con­vict from Masvingo’s Ru­jeko Sub­urb has been sen­tenced to five years in prison for break­ing into 25 houses be­fore fish­ing out cell­phones and cash with a com­bined value of $4 000.

Isaac Dh­li­wayo (40) of Ru­jeko C Sub­urb al­legedly com­mit­ted all the crimes at around 11PM on dif­fer­ent dates.

He was re­leased from prison in 2012 af­ter serv­ing three years for sim­i­lar charges.

Dh­li­wayo would al­legedly fish out cell­phones and wal­lets from the res­i­dents’ houses us­ing a hook made from wire tied to a stick.

Dh­li­wayo was yes­ter­day con­victed of 28 counts of un­law­ful en­try and theft by Masvingo pro­vin­cial mag­is­trate Mr Lang­ton Ndok­era. He had pleaded guilty to all the counts.

Mr Ndok­era sus­pended five months from the five years on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.

In pass­ing sen­tence, Mr Ndok­era said Dh­li­wayo was an un­re­pen­tant crim­i­nal who de­served a lengthy stay in prison so that he re­turns to so­ci­ety a re­formed per­son.

“You are a se­rial thief who is un­re­pen­tant. You went on a house­break­ing and theft spree, steal­ing cell­phones and money de­spite the fact that you once served a prison sen­tence for a sim­i­lar crime,” said Mr Ndok­era.

For the State Ms Nancy Maku­vise said Dh­li­wayo com­mit­ted the crimes be­tween April and this month.

Mem­ory Dube

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