Lawyer Dzete’s trial date set

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/worldwide - Cyn­thia Dube Court Re­porter

BU­L­AWAYO lawyer Rus­sel Dzete and four others who al­legedly de­frauded three peo­ple of $38 600 and R60 000 are set to stand trial at the end of the month.

Dzete, who was em­ployed at Marond­edze, Mukuku and part­ners le­gal prac­ti­tion­ers as well as Bi­nary Mkandla (46), Ed­mund Makonese (53), Si­man­gal­iso Muringi (49) and Austin Moyo (60) al­legedly duped peo­ple through sell­ing non-ex­is­tent stands.

Mag­is­trate Mr Ti­nashe Tashaya re­manded Dzete, Muringi, Makonese, Mkandla and Moyo out of cus­tody pend­ing trial.

The five are al­leged to have duped three peo­ple of $38 600 and R60 000 between Septem­ber 2015 and May 2016.

“Dzete who is fac­ing three counts of fraud is sup­posed to ap­pear in court 6 on May 2 for the com­mence­ment of his trial. On April 27, Dzete, Muringi and Makonese are or­dered to ap­pear in Re­gional court B for the com­mence­ment of their trial. On April 28, Dzete, Mkandla and Moyo you are or­dered to ap­pear in court 5 for your trial,” said Mr Tashaya.

Dzete, Muringi, Makonese and an ac­com­plice Qhawe Ndlovu who is still at large al­legedly duped Ms Pamela Ng­wenya of Pu­mula North sub­urb of $24 100.

Dzete, Moyo and Mkandla also al­legedly conned a teacher Ms Sithokozile Gumbo of $5 000 and R60 000 through sell­ing her a stand which did not be­long to them.

In an­other count, Mr Obias Bidi of Burn­side sub­urb al­legedly suf­fered a prej­u­dice of $9 500 af­ter Dzete al­legedly sold him a stand which did not be­long to him in Em­gan­wini sub­urb. Mr Bidi con­structed a house up to roof level be­fore he dis­cov­ered that he had been de­ceived.

Yes­ter­day, Moyo, Mkandla and Mkandla’s brother Robert were slapped with an ad­di­tional charge of de­fraud­ing Ms Tapiwa Ncube of $12 000 by sell­ing her a non-ex­is­tent stand.

Robert pleaded not guilty and Mr Tashaya re­manded him in cus­tody to April 19 while Moyo was in an­other court fac­ing an­other fraud charge.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Nkat­hazo Dlodlo said Moyo, Mkandla and his brother al­legedly duped Ms Ncube of $12 000 through sell­ing her a stand that did not be­long to them.

“The three ac­cused per­son iden­ti­fied a res­i­den­tial stand in Sel­bourne Park sub­urb regis­tered in the name of Mpan­dasekwa Muzheri. Act­ing in com­mon pur­pose the ac­cused per­sons then pro­duced a fake iden­tity card in the name of Muzheri which was in­serted with Moyo’s face and sold the stand to Ms Ncube,” said Mr Dlodlo.

He said Ms Ncube lost $12 000 and noth­ing was re­cov­ered. -@cyn­thi­amthembo1

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