By Beautrice Hlilokela
A 27 year old Zvishavane has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for fraud as defined in section 136(1) of the criminal law codification and reform act chapter 9:23
It was court’s case that on 7 January 2021 the accused Tavonga Sibangani of 297 Mandava teamed up with other accomplices which were not mentioned and hatched a plan to dupe complainant Linah Muzavazi 43 of 2445 Makwasha Zvishavane, who sells soft drinks by buying counterfeit US $100.00 note serial number PB4 2639546D.
The court heard that the accused person and accomplices approached one Shepherd Chikozho who sells cigarettes and tendered a fake note but he refused to accept and told the accused that the note was fake.
The accused person then approached the complainant and tendered the note again. Complainant quickly noted the anomaly and told the accused and accomplices and they ran away. Accused was apprehended by members of the public and handed over to the police.
The Zvishavane magistrate Archie Wochiunga found the accused guilty as charged and sentenced him to 12 months in prison, 3 months were suspended for 3 years on condition of good behaviour and 9 months suspended on 305 hours community service condition for 9 weeks commencing on 16 June 2021 at Zvishavane Magistrate courts.