Extra Large group member Jimmy Mangezi aka Snagga Jim has been hauled before the Harare Magistrates’ Court on theft charges.
Mangezi appeared before Magistrate Olivia Mariga for allegedly stealing £1 700 from his former girlfriend Linda Munyaradzi Mujeyi who lives in the United Kingdom.
The State alleges that between May 2006 and November 2008 Jimmy received £1 700 from an agent identified only as Adam on the understanding that he would buy a motor vehicle for Mujeyi and hold the car in her trust.
Prosecutor Bruce Tokwe, said Mangezi bought an Opel Astra from Royal Car Sales which he later sold to Edmore Zvidzai Chiromo.
However Mangezi, through his lawyer Tendai Jennifer Magaya of Matizanadzo and Warhurst Legal Practitioners, pleaded not guilty and argued that he never bought the car on Mujeyi’s behalf.
He said he accepted the money as a free gift from his “generous girlfriend” and denied having sold it illegally.
Mangezi said he was in love with Mujeyi and, during the subsistence of their relationship, the complainant offered to assist him with money to buy his own car.
He also claims that Mujeyi told him to collect money from a guy, only identified as Adam, who gave him ZW$390 million and made his first installment for the car at Royal Car Sales.
The balance was paid from his own savings.
He also claimed that whenever Mujeyi visited Zimbabwe, she would travel with him in the car.
“During the same visits, neither the complainant nor her relatives asked for the vehicle because the complainant knew it belonged to the accused and also knew that the car was not hers,” Mangezi stated in his defence outline. In an interview with NewsDay last week, lawyer Magaya said she would make an application for discharge after the State had failed to prove that an offence had been committed.
“The State called in two witnesses and they have failed to prove a prima facie case against our client to warrant a conviction. We are now making an application for discharge,” said Magaya.
Magistrate Mariga will make her ruling on March 16 and if the application fails Mangezi will be put to his defence.