BancABC tell­ers in court for $60k ‘theft’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara

TWO BancABC tell­ers who were ar­rested for al­legedly steal­ing $60 000 from their em­ployer yes­ter­day ap­peared in court.

Hloniphani Ngwenya (33) of Em­gan­wini and Progress Moyo (26) from the Cen­tral Busi­ness district ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Mr Ti­nashe Tashaya charged with theft.

Moyo pleaded guilty to the charges and was given a wholly sus­pended sen­tence.

In sen­tenc­ing Moyo, Mr Tashaya said a non-cus­to­dial sen­tence was ap­pro­pri­ate as the stolen money had been re­cov­ered. “As­sess­ing what your lawyer sub­mit­ted, a non-cus­to­dial sen­tence is most ap­pro­pri­ate. Your em­ployer was not prej­u­diced in any way as the money has been re­cov­ered and that you did not waste the court’s time by plead­ing guilty.

“In­car­cer­a­tion would harden you as you would meet hard­core crim­i­nals in prison. Los­ing your job in this econ­omy is pun­ish­ment enough as your chances of get­ting an­other one are very slim par­tic­u­larly in the bank­ing sec­tor,” he said.

Mr Tashaya or­dered Moyo to pay a fine of $400 or 90 days im­pris­on­ment cou­pled with a nine months sus­pended sen­tence on con­di­tion that he does not within five years com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence.

Agreed facts are that on Oc­to­ber 17 at about 8AM, Moyo re­ported for work as usual and dur­ing the course of his du­ties he re­ceived two de­posits — one of $2 106,25 and an­other of $3 554,20.

Moyo failed to post the two de­posits worth $5 660, 45. The court heard that Moyo stole the money and the Branch Team Leader Mr Tigere Maswera dis­cov­ered the of­fence dur­ing rou­tine checks.

A re­port was made to the po­lice and in­ves­ti­ga­tions led to the re­cov­ery of the money from Moyo’s ve­hi­cle which was parked at the back of the bank premises.

Ngwenya also ap­peared be­fore the same mag­is­trate and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He ap­plied for bail through his lawyers Mr Hlabezulu Malinga, Mr Nozith­elo Mpofu of Malinga and Mpofu Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers and Mr Mehluli Tshuma of Chi­na­masa, Mudimu and Magu­ranyanga Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers.

Mr Tashaya re­leased Ngwenya on $400 bail, or­dered him to re­side at the given ad­dress, sur­ren­der his pass­port, not in­ter­fere with State wit­nesses and re­port twice a week at Tsha­bal­ala Po­lice Station.

He was re­manded to Novem­ber 2 for com­mence­ment of trial.

The mag­is­trate said the value of the stolen money or pre­sump­tion that the ac­cused would in­ter­fere with State wit­nesses was not a valid rea­son for deny­ing one bail.

“Bail is a con­sti­tu­tional right and the rea­sons given by the state can­not be used to deny one bail,” said Mr Tashaya.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Miss Leean Nkomo told the court that on Oc­to­ber 17 this year, Mr Maswera car­ried out an end of day check on all tell­ers to ver­ify busi­ness trans­ac­tions on the com­puter sys­tem and col­late them with cash held by tell­ers.

“Dur­ing the process, he dis­cov­ered that Ngwenya made false en­tries in the sys­tem to fa­cil­i­tate bal­anc­ing. Upon ver­i­fi­ca­tion, Mr Maswera dis­cov­ered that Ngwenya was out of bal­ance,” said Ms Nkomo.

The court heard that Ngwenya could not ac­count or ac­counted in­cor­rectly for $55 000 and R10 540.

Mr Maswera im­me­di­ately ad­vised his su­pe­ri­ors and a re­port was made to the po­lice.

Noth­ing has been re­cov­ered.

Hloniphani Ngwenya

Progress Moyo

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