A KWEKWE man, Nyasha Chingo (32) could count himself lucky for being spared jail after he was convicted of defrauding three unsuspecting home seekers of $24 310.
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Kwekwe provincial magistrate Taurai Manwere on Wednesday convicted Chingo, but spared him a four- year jail term after suspending six months for five years on condition of good behaviour, two years on condition he restitutes his victims and 18 months for 630 hours of unpaid community service.
On May 26 2011, Chingo, pretending to own stand 4033 Lot 25 of Chicago, sold it to Faith Ushe for $13 810 which he was paid in cash. When Ushe tried to locate him to change ownership of the stand, Chingo disappeared.
Investigations later proved that he did not own the property leading Ushe to report the matter to the police.
In July 2011 while pretending to be Jephita Mhike, Chingo sold a Mbizo house to Constance Chikwanha for $5 500 and entered an agreement of sale with her. He again disappeared before processing documents to change ownership details.
In the same month, he sold the same house to Sylvanos Kwangwa for $5 000 before disappearing.
Manwere warned Chingo telling him he had only spared him jail because his lawyer James Magodora in mitigation had indicated that he was willing to restitute his victims.
“I am warning you that if you fail to restitute the complaints by June 30, I will not hesitate to send you to prison for two years. The offence you committed is very serious and I have only spared you jail so that you restitute the people you duped,” Manwere said.
Chingo operates two commuter omnibuses which ply the Kwekwe-Redcliff route, which the court urged him to sell so that he could repay what he stole.