Nyanga court of­fi­cials face $150 fraud

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Abel Zhakata Se­nior Court Re­porter

TWO court of­fi­cials sta­tioned at the Nyanga Mag­is­trates Courts were last Fri­day hauled be­fore the courts on al­le­ga­tions of de­fraud­ing a vil­lager of $150 he had brought to court as pro­cess­ing fee for an ap­peal.

Ter­rence Chig­wedere (36) and Tai­mon Musasa (43) ap­peared be­fore Mr Tendai Mahwe charged with con­tra­ven­ing Sec­tion 136 of the Crim­i­nal Law Cod­i­fi­ca­tion and Re­form Act Chap­ter 9:23.

They pleaded not guilty and were granted $50 bail each. Mr Fletcher Karomber pros­e­cuted.

The court heard that on May 8 last year the com­plainant, De­nis Musima, ap­peared be­fore Head­man Mushonga charged with an of­fence of cut­ting down trees. He was con­victed of the of­fence and the tra­di­tional court or­dered him to pay two beasts and two goats.

How­ever, on Septem­ber 13, 2017 the com­plainant went to the Nyanga Mag­is­trates Court to process his ap­peal against the judge­ment made by Head­man Mushonga.

At the court he was re­ceived by Chig­wedere who ad­vised him that he should pay $150 as a pro­cess­ing fee.

The com­plainant gave Chig­wedere his bank card and the pin num­ber. Chig­wedere is al­leged to have taken the card to Musasa’s of­fice leav­ing the com­plainant be­hind.

In Musasa’s of­fice there was Ti­nashe Mukuwira who also wanted to pay a $150 fine us­ing cash. Chig­wedere then gave Musasa the com­plainant’s bank card to­gether with the pin num­ber and he swiped $150 on the Point of Sale ma­chine.

Mukuwira handed his $150 to Musasa and he was duly is­sued with a re­ceipt in re­spect of the $150 which had been swiped from the com­plainant’s bank ac­count.

The two sus­pects al­legedly shared the $150 they were given by Mukuwira. Mr Karombe said Chig­wedere did not process the com­plainant’s ap­peal against Head­man Mushonga’s judge­ment which re­sulted in his two beasts and a scotch cart be­ing auc­tioned.

“The com­plainant later ap­proached Chig­wedere and asked him about the ap­peal but he was not happy with the re­sponse he was given. He then filed a re­port at ZRP Nyanga re­sult­ing in the ar­rests of the sus­pects,” said Mr Karombe.

Dur­ing the course of in­ves­ti­ga­tions Chig­wedere de­posited $100 into the com­plainant’s bank ac­count as re­fund.

The State will pro­duce a bank state­ment of the com­plainant’s ac­count which shows that the money was de­ducted from his ac­count.

The Nyanga Mag­is­trates Court bank ac­count state­ment will also be pro­vided which shows that no cash was de­posited on the par­tic­u­lar day from the com­plainant’s ac­count.

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