By Sandra Birungi
A woman who was defrauded spoke in tongues as she cursed the woman who had stolen her money.
Phephisiwe Muranda, an employee at Parirenyatwa Hospital, while appearing in court to testify to being defrauded of $3,800 by a woman identified as Kudzai Nyoka.
The accused, Nyoka denied the charges as state submitting that granting her bail was not the right thing for court to do. They were appearing before the Mbare magistrates and Rotten Row courts. She was arrested after a warrant of arrest was issued.
Muranda, to speak in tongues first prayed in court before she started speaking the holy language.
“Accused person is facing a plethora of similar cases where she used the same modus operandi and it is her habit of committing the same offences while out of custody on bail,” submitted the State.
According to the charge sheet, on 18 April, Kudzai lied to Phephisiwe that she had purchased two vehicles a Toyota Hilux and Honda CVR at Beitbridge border post when she knew that she had no such vehicles. It is alleged that she then approached Phephisiwe proposing that she contributes $3800 to pay for the duty and remaining expenses for the vehicles as a joint purchase for which they would share the profits equally.
State counsel Tendai Shonhayi alleges that on 23 April, Phephisiwe gave Kudzai the money cash and after three days, Phephisiwe contacted Kudzai to find out if the vehicles were ready but was given excuses. State alleges that as from 27 April, Phephisiwe tried to meet Kudzai but would be given lame excuses on several occasions.
It is alleged that on 2 May, Phephisiwe quizzed Kudzai and realized that she had been defrauded. She filed a police report on 3 May, leading to Kudzai’s arrest