Family property wrangle spills into court

By Fungai Jachi

A property wrangle has landed a Harare man in trouble after he allegedly duped his brother using fake title deeds to sell family properties.

Dallon Mashinge (44) is facing charges of fraud after he allegedly duped his brother of cash and property.

It is alleged that Mashinge hatched the plan to dupe his unsuspecting brother and offered to assist him with changing the deeds of ownership into the complainant’s name.

The court heard that the accused misrepresented to his brother that he had hired a lawyer for the process and was given the funds for the transfer of the deed.

The State alleges that the accused gave the complainant fake title deeds and kept the original copy to himself.

The complainant later realised he was duped and reported the matter to the police.

Meanwhile, 32-year-old Archiford Gideon appeared in court facing charges of armed robbery after he allegedly attacked a couple in Borrowdale and demanded cash and valuables at gunpoint.

It is alleged that the complainant tried to fight the robbers off only to be seriously assaulted before he was left unconscious.

The court heard that the accused, who has been remanded in custody, got away with 16 thousand Mozambican Meticais and other valuables.