I took goods with client’s bless­ing: Hooker

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Tanaka Mrewa

A PROS­TI­TUTE from Bu­l­awayo who al­legedly looted prop­erty worth $1,688 from a se­nior Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial who had failed to pay her for ser­vices ren­dered has told a court she took the goods with the bless­ings of the of­fi­cial.

Ray­mond Ku­zondishaya Nyan­doro, a prin­ci­pal town plan­ning of­fi­cer in the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing sta­tioned at Mh­lahlandlela of­fices in the city, re­ported to the po­lice that the prop­erty had been stolen in a break-in at his house in Brad­field sub­urb.

An in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer in the case on Thurs­day said Itai Muzambi (25) was ar­rested af­ter po­lice found her boyfriend Xolani Ncube us­ing a cell­phone that was among the stolen prop­erty.

Ncube im­pli­cated Muzambi and the rest of the stolen prop­erty, ex­cept 3kg of meat which she had eaten, was re­cov­ered.

The IO said there was no ev­i­dence of a break-in at the house.

On Wed­nes­day, Mag­is­trate Miss Char­ity Maphosa heard how Nyan­doro — who was not in court on Thurs­day — in­vited Muzambi to take any­thing from his house af­ter he failed to pay her $25 for sex.

She al­legedly took a Plasma TV, DVD, lap­top, blan­kets, two cell­phones, a com­forter, men’s and women’s clothes, shoes, a wrist watch, suit­case, a Ken­wood speaker, 3kg of meat and a gas stove in­clud­ing its ca­bles and tanks.

Muzambi is plead­ing not guilty to un­law­ful en­try and theft.

Mag­ist rate Maphosa re­manded her out of cus­tody to Au­gust 25 for sen­tenc­ing.

Muzambi said it was not true that Nyan­doro was un­aware that she took his prop­erty. “That would not have been pos­si­ble at all. The first thing I did was to take away the blan­ket that was cover­ing us. There are stairs in his house so ob­vi­ously he heard me go­ing up and down as I packed what I had col­lected. Al­though he had a few drinks, he was not that drunk to the ex­tent of knock­ing out,” she said. Muzambi said ev­ery­thing she had taken had been re­cov­ered save for the meat. Nyan­doro tes­ti­fied on Wed­nes­day say­ing he could not re­mem­ber any­thing in con­nec­tion with the case. “I don’t re­mem­ber any­thing that hap­pened that night, your Wor­ship. I sus­pect that my drink was spiked. I’ve never lost mem­ory like that my whole life. The only thing I re­mem­ber is leav­ing the pub where I was d r i n k i ng with my friends. I’m not sure if I left with her.” — @tan­nytkay

Itai Muzambi

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