$28 000 theft maid says not guilty, de­nied bail

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/ Obituary - Tanaka Mrewa Court Reporter

ONE of the two maids from Bu­l­awayo who al­legedly stole $28 000 from their em­ployer, has been de­nied bail af­ter plead­ing not guilty.

Eu­nice Mab­hena (50) through her lawyer Vuy­ile Mpofu of V. J Mpofu and As­so­ciates had ap­plied for $50 bail when she ini­tially ap­peared in court on Fri­day last week.

A court heard in­ves­ti­ga­tors found Mab­hena with $700 while her al­leged ac­com­plice Florence Phiri (43) was found with $100.

The State al­leges that the se­rial num­bers of the notes found in pos­ses­sion of the two ac­com­plices matched those of the stolen money.

In his bail ap­pli­ca­tion Mr Mpofu said his client’s work­mate had al­ready pleaded guilty to the of­fence and had been re­manded in cus­tody.

He said there was noth­ing his client could do to in­ter­fere with po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions that would end up dis­turb­ing the case.

Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Mr Ti­nashe Tashaya dis­missed the bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

“There is too much money in­volved in this mat­ter and a greater amount of the re­cov­ered amount was found in her pos­ses­sion. The trial date has been set al­ready so the ap­pli­ca­tion for bail is hereby dis­missed. Ac­cused will await her trial date in cus­tody,” he said.

Prose­cut­ing, Miss Leean Nkomo said on Au­gust 2 this year, the maids’ em­ployer, Ms Per­mian Macheka, sold 52 head of cat­tle and kept $28 600 in her bed­room.

“On Oc­to­ber 19, com­plainant added $2 400 to her money. On Oc­to­ber 24 she re­alised that $28 000 was miss­ing and she made a re­port to the po­lice. Phiri was found in pos­ses­sion of $100 and Mab­hena had $700 and the se­rial num­bers of the notes tal­lied with those of the stolen money,” she said.

Phiri tes­ti­fied in court on Fri­day that she bought her hus­band a car as a Christ­mas present be­fore she fled from her boss’ house a day be­fore the money was dis­cov­ered miss­ing.

“Your Wor­ship I ad­mit to the charge but I only took $5 500. I used $1 800 to buy a car as a Christ­mas present for my hus­band. I don’t know who took the rest of the money. May this court please re­mand me out of cus­tody,” said Phiri.

The mag­is­trate turned down her re­quest and said the amount she had stolen at­tracted a cus­to­dial sen­tence.

Mr Tashaya re­manded Phiri and Mab­hena to Novem­ber 8 for trial.— @tan­nytkay.

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