Gweru woman in trouble over non-existent stand

A 30-YEAR-OLD Gweru woman was last week ordered to perform 500 hours of community service after she was convicted of selling a non-existent residential stand.

BY STEPHEN CHADENGA

Lilian Gondongwe of South View, Gweru, appeared before magistrate Judith Taruvinga on Friday facing fraud charges.

Gondongwe sold the fake stand for $550 to Adrian Shumba before she disappeared for two years.

In her ruling, Taruvinga considered that the accused was a first offender and a mother of two minor children before sentencing her to nine months in prison.

She suspended three months on condition of good behaviour. Two months were also suspended on condition she pays $550 restitution to complainant.

The remaining four months were suspended on condition she completes 500 hours of community service.

In another matter, a 28-year-old man from Ascot suburb in Gweru appeared before Taruvinga on domestic violence charges after he allegedly bit his wife’s nose.

Noel Mbiba allegedly bit Soneni Msipa’s nose following a domestic dispute.

In his defence, Mbiba said he bit complainant’s nose after she had attacked him.

Taruvinga said she would deliver judgment on Thursday.

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