Man loses en­tire salary to hooker

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Andile Tshuma

A WOMAN, who in July al­leged her mar­ried boyfriend gave her a po­lice uni­form which she used to dupe her prospec­tive in-laws into be­liev­ing she was a cop, was back in court yes­ter­day.

This time she is fac­ing charges of steal­ing a Bu­l­awayo man’s en­tire salary after he had hired her for a night of plea­sure.

The woman was named Siphethile Sibanda in court records four months ago but yes­ter­day, she was said to be Valen­tine Sibanda.

Yes­ter­day, Sibanda — who said she was from Mpopoma sub­urb — was ar­raigned for steal­ing $450, from Mr Doubt Chin­dove (35) on Novem­ber 20.

She pleaded guilty to theft be­fore West­ern Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Mr Abed­nico Nde­bele.

She was re­manded in cus­tody to to­mor­row for sen­tence.

For the State, Ms Ma­gret Takawira said the two met at a sports bar in the city cen­tre and struck a deal to spend the night at Chin­dove’s house.

“At around mid­night, the com­plainant met the ac­cused per­son at Ex­treme Sports Bar. They agreed to spend a night to­gether and pro­ceeded to the com­plainant’s place of res­i­dence in Mpopoma,” said Ms Takawira.

She said Sibanda woke up at around 4AM the fol­low­ing day while Mr Chin­dove was still asleep.

She stole a wal­let con­tain­ing a driver’s li­cence, de­fen­sive driver’s li­cence, car keys and $450. She also took a Sam­sung Gal­axy Tablet 3.

While her plea was be­ing recorded, Sibanda told Mag­is­trate Nde­bele that she only saw $300 in the wal­let and could not be held ac­count­able for the dif­fer­ence.

The mag­is­trate asked about the amount of money that she was sup­posed to be paid for her ser­vices, draw­ing laugh­ter from the gallery.

“Why did you steal from your client? Don’t you re­alise that if you steal from clients you’re de­stroy­ing your client base? You said you had charged him $20 for the night, how then can you ex­plain steal­ing over a thou­sand dol­lars worth of prop­erty from him? Did he do more rounds than you had ini­tially agreed on, or you didn’t like his per­for­mance?” asked Mr Nde­bele.

Sibanda said she thought Mr Chin­dove would refuse to pay and de­cided to take the money and leave.

The to­tal value of the stolen prop­erty was at $1 090 and only $790 was re­cov­ered.

A court heard in July that Sibanda, lied to her “fu­ture in-laws” that she was a po­lice of­fi­cer.

They be­lieved her as she al­ways wore the uni­form to meet her lover, for close to a year.

Ed­son Dzi­na­vanhu, the cop who was Sibanda’s boyfriend, pleaded not guilty to a charge of crim­i­nal abuse of duty as a po­lice of­fi­cer when he ap­peared be­fore West­ern Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Miss Sibekithemba Dube said Dzi­na­vanhu pro­posed love to Sibanda in Novem­ber last year, promised her a po­lice uni­form and gave it to her two weeks later at his house.

“Two weeks later ac­cused per­son called Sibanda to his house where he handed her the uni­form. The uni­form com­prised a pair of blue riot pants, grey shirt, spe­cial tac­tics unit cap, web­bing belt, de­tach­able shoul­der ti­tles and ZRP badges for the rank of con­sta­ble,” said Miss Dube.

She said Sibanda was ar­rested for a case of theft in Pu­mula sub­urb on July 17 this year.

Sibanda’s brother-in-law, un­der the im­pres­sion that she was a po­lice of­fi­cer at Mbe­m­besi, told the de­tec­tives that they had ar­rested one of their work­mates.

Dzi­na­vanhu de­nied sup­ply­ing Sibanda with the uni­form.

He said when he first went to Sibanda’s house last year in Fe­bru­ary; he found her al­ready hav­ing the uni­form.—@andile_t­shuma

Siphethile ‘Valen­tine’ Sibanda

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