Two in court for forgery

The Manica Post - - The Weekender - Week­ender Cor­re­spon­dent

A MUTARE woman and her ac­com­plice have been ar­raigned be­fore the courts fac­ing forgery charges af­ter they were al­legedly caught red-handed forg­ing bet­ter ex­am­i­na­tion marks on her child’s re­port book whom she in­tended to trans­fer.

Eustina Matavo (48) and Aaron Muchena (27) both de­nied the charge when they ap­peared be­fore Mutare mag­is­trate Mrs Sekai Chi­un­dura. Al­le­ga­tions were that they con­tra­vened Sec­tion 137 (1) (a) (b) of the Crim­i­nal Law (Cod­i­fi­ca­tion and Re­form) Act Chap­ter 9:23.

Mr Fletcher Karombe rep­re­sented the State.

He al­leged that dur­ing his course of surveil­lance in the city cen­tre, De­tec­tive In­no­cent Tsungu ob­served Matavo writ­ing in a Nyakat­sapa High School re­port book pur­port­ing to be her child’s teacher. She was seated on the benches at Meik­les Park.

“She then gave the re­port book to Muchena who had made a date stamp pur­port­ing to be the se­nior teacher at Nyakat­sapa High School. He stamped the book with the forged stamp know­ing fully well that he was not the se­nior teacher at the school,” said Mr Karombe.

It was fur­ther al­leged that dur­ing the course of in­ter­views, De­tec­tive Tsungu es­tab­lished that Matavo wanted her daugh­ter to use the school re­port book for a school place abroad and had to write bet­ter marks in the book.

Mr Karombe stated that by pur­port­ing to be the child’s school teacher and se­nior teacher, fill­ing false in­for­ma­tion and forg­ing the two’s sig­na­tures the pair acted un­law­fully.

Muchena and Matavo were both re­manded out of cus­tody to a later date for trial.

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