Businessman loses plumbing material worth US$70k to gardener

By Fungai Jachi

Three men who allegedly connived to steal plumbing material worth US$70 000 from a local businessman have appeared in court.

25-year-old Prince Mushongorokwa, who was employed as the complainant’s gardener, is alleged to have plotted to steal from his employer with Tinashe Munengu (29) and Josphat Tamburai (42).

The three allegedly broke into the complainant’s storeroom at his house in Borrowdale, Harare before they stole 200 boxes of the plumbing material.

It is alleged that the offence was committed between August last year and this month.

Allegations are that the complainant noticed that the material was missing and upon interrogating the gardener, he admitted to have stolen the material from the storeroom with the help of his alleged accomplices, Munengu and Tamburai.

The complainant reported the matter to the police leading to the arrest of the accused persons.

It is alleged that the three led to the recovery of ten boxes of the plumbing material they had sold.

The trio is facing unlawful entry charges and is expected back in court this Thursday for bail application.

Meanwhile, Alex Mutanda, aged 38, appeared before a Harare magistrate, Barbara Mateko this Wednesday facing theft of trust property charges after he allegedly used more than US$14 000 he was given by his employer, who is a gold dealer, to purchase gold on his behalf.

He was granted ZW$20 000 bail and will be back in court on the 28th of this month.