ZBC en­gi­neer en­gaged with hooker loses car to thiev­ing cop

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Harare Bu­reau

A SE­NIOR po­lice of­fi­cer was ar­rested in Bu­l­awayo for al­legedly steal­ing a ve­hi­cle from his friend as he was be­ing en­ter­tained by a pros­ti­tute in Ep­worth.

Richard Ma­suku (48), a su­per­in­ten­dent, re­port­edly drove away in a Zim­babwe Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion en­gi­neer’s BMW ve­hi­cle in the dead of the night to Bu­l­awayo where he was ar­rested days later fol­low­ing a tip-off.

Ma­suku, based at Harare Pro­vin­cial Head­quar­ters Camps and Hos­tels sec­tion, was ar­rested a week af­ter the Au­gust 30 theft. He has since ap­peared in court fac­ing charges un­der the Road Traf­fic Act Chap­ter 13:11, “us­ing mo­tor ve­hi­cle with­out owner’s con­sent”.

Harare mag­is­trate Mrs Won­gai Muchuchuti-Guwuriro, re­manded Ma­suku in cus­tody to Septem­ber 19 and ad­vised him to ap­ply for bail at the High Court.

Ma­suku and Mu­fudzi Shumba, who is em­ployed by Trans­me­dia at ZBC Pock­ets Hill, had been drink­ing beer to­gether at Celebrity Bar in Msasa be­fore they de­cided to pick up two pros­ti­tutes who re­side in Ep­worth where they later went to sleep for the night.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of Shumba who was in an­other room with the pros­ti­tute, Ma­suku drove off in the ve­hi­cle at around 3AM.

Pros­e­cu­tor Nancy Chan­dakaona, said on Au­gust 30, Shumba who was driv­ing a BMW reg­is­tra­tion num­ber AED 4901 met Ma­suku at Celebrity Bar in Msasa where they drank beer to­gether.

The two later hatched a plan to pick up two ladies from the bar and hooked up with Paidamoyo Chi­h­we­hwete and Beauty Mayor all of Mun­yuki in Ep­worth.

It is al­leged that at around 11 pm Shumba and Ma­suku in the com­pany of Chi­h­we­hwete and Mayor left the bar and drove to Mun­yuki Busi­ness Cen­tre.

Shumba dis­em­barked from the ve­hi­cle to buy beer leav­ing the three in the ve­hi­cle and when he re­turned a few min­utes later he saw Ma­suku now seated on the driver’s seat.

He then went and sat in the back seat be­fore they drove to Chi­h­we­hwete and Mayor’s house where they had planned to sleep over. The State heard that they all dis­em­barked from the ve­hi­cle and Shumba left his Asus i5 lap­top at the back seat and seven pairs of track­suits in­scribed, ‘Green­dale city wolves’ in the boot.

Ma­suku locked the ve­hi­cle and got into Mayor’s room with the car keys while Shumba got into Chi­h­we­hwete’s room and slept. Dur­ing the same night Ma­suku is al­leged to have hatched a plan to steal Shumba’s ve­hi­cle and he drove off leav­ing him sleep­ing.

Shumba woke up at around 7am and dis­cov­ered that the ve­hi­cle was miss­ing and he in­quired from Chi­h­we­hwete who told him that Ma­suku had left with the car at around 3am and had promised to come and pick him up at around 5am.

Shumba tried to con­tact Ma­suku on his mo­bile phone but it was switched off.

He made checks at his work­place and his res­i­dence but could not lo­cate him and re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice.

On Septem­ber 6, po­lice re­ceived a tip-off that Ma­suku was in Bu­l­awayo and they ar­rested him in the city lead­ing to the re­cov­ery of the ve­hi­cle. The lap­top, three track­suit jack­ets and a track­suit bot­tom were not re­cov­ered.

The ve­hi­cle had also de­vel­oped a fuel pump fault while the rear left pas­sen­ger win­dow wind­ing sys­tem was not func­tional.

To­tal value stolen was $7 500 and po­lice re­cov­ered prop­erty worth $6 000.

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