Tenant steals from landlord
8 November 2016
A Cranborne tenant who collected rentals amounting US$1200 and used the money without her landlord’s approval will perform 175 hours of community service at Queensdale Primary School.
Tariro Gwata, 28, pleaded guilty when she appeared before Mbare magistrate Tafadzwa Miti charged with theft of trust property.
She was sentenced to 12 months in prison before two months were suspended for five years on condition of good behavior.
Five more month were set aside on condition she restitutes the complainant’s money by November 30 and the remaining five months will be suspended on condition she performs 175 hours of community service at Queensdale Primary School.
Magistrate Miti asked her why she used the money and she said her landlord treated her as her own daughter, when she used it she thought she will be able to bring it back.
“Your Worship, my landlord treated me like one of her daughters so I thought if I use it I will be able to bring it back on time,” said Gwata.
The State represented by Fanuel Madanire confirmed that from January 1 to October24 Gwata was tasked by Annah Gwenanguruwe who resides in the United States of America to collect money for rentals from core tenantswho also reside at the same address and was supposed to deposit the money into her bank account.
The complainant discovered that no money was being deposited into her bank account, when she enquired from Gwata she could not get a concrete reason and nothing was recovered.
A report was filed at Breaside police Station leading to the arrest of Gwata.