Ten­ant ‘steals’ land­lord’s house

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Local News/analysis - Andile Tshuma Court Re­porter

A 53-YEAR-OLD Thorn­grove sub­urb man has ap­peared in court for al­legedly steal­ing his land­lord’s house.

Phillip Ndlovu ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Mr Ti­nashe Tashaya fac­ing forgery and theft charges.

He pleaded not guilty and was re­manded out of cus­tody pend­ing the en­gage­ment of a sig­na­ture spe­cial­ist to deal with the forgery is­sue.

For the State, Mr Bu­sani Moyo said some­time in July last year, Ndlovu ap­proached Emily Mathe (59) look­ing for a house to lease. Mathe al­legedly agreed to lease her five roomed house along Went­worth Road in Thorn­grove sub­urb to Ndlovu.

“In July 2015, the ac­cused ap­proached the com­plainant look­ing for a house to rent. The com­plainant in­deed agreed that she had a house to be rented be­long­ing to her son, Nkosi­lathi Mathe, who is based in the United King­dom,” said the pros­e­cu­tor.

The court heard that a ver­bal agree­ment was reached that the ac­cused would pay $300 per month in rentals.

How­ever, that month, Ndlovu al­legedly only man­aged to pay $270 and promised to pay the dif­fer­ence later. Mr Moyo told the court that in Septem­ber last year, Mathe gave Ndlovu the power of at­tor­ney to man­age some of her busi­nesses while she was away in the United King­dom.

Ndlovu al­legedly took Mathe’s sig­na­ture and Na­tional ID num­ber from the power of at­tor­ney doc­u­ment and used it to steal her house.

“The ac­cused scanned the com­plainant’s sig­na­ture and pro­duced a fake ac­knowl­edge­ment re­ceipt, claim­ing that he had bought house Num­ber 3, Went­worth Road, Thorn­grove, Bu­l­awayo. Mathe re­turned from the United King­dom a month later and asked for rentals from Ndlovu, who started giv­ing ex­cuses and post­pon­ing pay­ment dates,” said the pros­e­cu­tor.

“The ac­cused per­son kept on giv­ing ex­cuses un­til Mathe was forced to ap­proach the Rent Board and file a re­port, on March 17, this year.

“The Rent Board is­sued a di­rec­tive that Ndlovu should va­cate Mathe’s premises be­fore March 31, 2016. The ac­cused per­son al­legedly failed to va­cate the house and only re­turned later with a fake ac­knowl­edge­ment re­ceipt, claim­ing that the com­plainant had sold him the house for $23 000.”

Mathe re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice.— @andile_ tshuma

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