The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 26, 1966 — A young woman told a Bu­l­awayo Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day that a mar­ried man opened an ac­count at a city store for her after she had agreed to run away with him.

Marie He­len Miller, no ad­dress given, was giving ev­i­dence in a case in which she is ap­pear­ing be­fore mag­is­trate Mr PJ McCarthy on four charges of theft by false pre­tences.

Miller is al­leged to have bought goods worth more than £42 on the ac­count of Mr John Barry Willoughby, of Gwelo, with­out law­ful au­thor­ity.

In ev­i­dence yes­ter­day Miller told the court she had met Mr Willoughby in Novem­ber.

They be­came friendly and Mr Willoughby be­gan vis­it­ing her fre­quently at her flat while her hus­band was out work­ing.

Miller said: “I had al­ready de­cided to leave my hus­band so we agreed to go to Dur­ban to­gether.”

Shortly be­fore they were due to leave, Mr Willoughby told her he had opened an ac­count at a city de­part­men­tal store. He said she could buy what­ever goods she wished.

Soon after she bought goods on Mr Willoughby’s ac­count she was ar­rested by the po­lice.

“I was shocked when they al­leged I had bought the goods on false pre­tences.”

Mr Willoughby de­nied he had given Miller au­thor­ity to buy goods on his ac­count. He also de­nied he had met her other than on the odd oc­ca­sion on which he had given her son lifts to school.

Mr McCarthy will give judg­ment on Novem­ber 8.

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