A MHONDORO man is being sued for allegedly defrauding a prospective home-seeker of $22 000 which he is said to have received in instalments before selling the house to another buyer.
Report by Silas Nkala
James Ranganai Mangachena (49) was not asked to plead to a fraud charge when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Chrispen Mberewere on Wednesday.
The magistrate remanded him in custody to March 12 for trial.
The court heard that on July 7 last year the complainant, Ellen Mbavah, of Upper Rangemore, Bulawayo, went to Mangachena at house number 4913 in Nketa 9, Bulawayo, after she heard that he was selling a house.
On arrival, Mangachena told her the house would cost $28 000, a price she reportedly agreed to.
Mangachena reportedly drafted an agreement of sale which Mbavah is said to have signed as purchaser and Mangachena as seller.
Mbavah allegedly paid $10 000 on July 7 and $7 000 on July 14.
By August 11, Mbavah had reportedly made a total payment of
It is the State case that on October 13, Mangachena resold the house to Sambulo Gombedza of Magwegwe West, Bulawayo, and promised to repay Mbavah at the end of November last year, but reneged, leading to his arrest.