A Chinese national, Yuan Song, allegedly threatened Harare lawyer Andrew Mutsiwa with death for representing Yvette Ndlovu who allegedly conned him of $41 000.
Mutsiwa made an application before provincial magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi putting it on record that his client, Ndlovu, and himself, were now living in fear following the death threats.
Ndlovu allegedly met Song who was looking for a shop to rent sometime in December last year.
She allegedly told Song that she owned two shops at Kingsmead House along Kwame Nkrumah Avenue and offered to lease them out to him.
Song was taken to the building where he was shown the two shops and he agreed to rent them.
Ndlovu allegedly asked Song to pay $24 000 as goodwill and $17 000 as advance rentals for both shops.
Song paid the $41 000 after a lease agreement was entered into on December 28 last year.
Song did not immediately occupy the shops since renovations were being carried out.
He only moved in this year in June. Around mid-July, the real owner of the building visited the shops.
Song was then advised that Ndlovu was also a lessee who had no authority to lease out the shops.
Armed with the information, Song allegedly approached Ndlovu who insisted she owned the shops and was waiting for title deeds to be delivered to her.
Last Monday Song discovered that Ndlovu’s lease agreement with the owner of the building had expired on December 31 last year and he reported the matter to police.