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.