‘sells’ stolen baby for $150

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

They were both re­manded out of cus­tody to to­day.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Sim­barashe Manyiwa said on Fe­bru­ary 12 this year at about 1PM, the teenage girl approached Ms More­b­less­ings Dube and asked to take her two mi­nor chil­dren to the shops to buy them drinks. The court heard that after about an hour, one of Ms Dube’s chil­dren re­turned home alone.

Ms Dube quizzed her daugh­ter on the where­abouts of her si­b­ling and she re­vealed that she had boarded a kombi with the teenager.

The com­plainant be­came sus­pi­cious and re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice. When the teenager was ap­pre­hended, she im­pli­cated Chivima who was also ar­rested.

When the teenage girl took to the wit­ness stand, she said Chivima gave her $150 in ex­change for the stolen baby. She told the court that she did not know what Chivima in­tended to do with the stolen baby.

Ms Dube, in her tes­ti­mony, said the teenager was com­mu­ni­cat­ing with Chivima on What­sApp while they were on their way to the po­lice sta­tion.

“It looks like the ac­cused per­sons had planned this whole thing with pre­ci­sion. I sus­pect Chivima de­cided to take my baby to the po­lice sta­tion after she was tipped off by her co-ac­cused since they were com­mu­ni­cat­ing via What­sApp,” said Ms Dube.

Chivima, in her de­fence, said the teenager left the baby with her as “surety” after she gave her $150.

“My co-ac­cused approached me un­der the pre­text that she was sent by her mother who wanted to change R2 000 into US dol­lars. She then hood­winked me into be­liev­ing

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