A HARARE man, Nicky Matyukira, appeared in court last Friday charged with defrauding a woman of $400 after misrepresenting to her that he worked at the High Court and could help her regain her cancelled lease agreement.
Matyukira (37), who was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Milton Serima, was remanded in custody to October 10.
The court heard that the self–employed complainant, Peggy Neshamba (37), who resides in Mabelreign, Harare, was leasing stand number 11354 Durawall in Norton. The lease was valid until 2016.
In 2011, Neshamba was allegedly evicted from the premises for non-payment of rentals.
She however did not appeal against the eviction, it is alleged.
It is the State case that in July 2014, Matyukira allegedly met her at a city hotel and identified himself as an employee of the High Court of Zimbabwe and could assist in suing her landlord for damages arising from the illegal eviction.
The court heard that Matukira stressed that before he could assist the complainant, he needed a payment of $400.
In the same month, it is alleged that Matyukira received $400 from Neshamba to facilitate the civil proceedings and received copies of summons from the complainant which he promised to lodge with the High Court.
When Neshamba made follow ups for an update of her matter, Matyukira allegedly became evasive.
The complainant later made a police report, leading to Matyukira’s arrest on September 23 this year.