Crime & Courts

UK Lover Duped US$88 000


By Shorai Murwira

A Zimbabwean woman, Caroline Davida Kaunda who resides in the United Kingdom got the shock of her life after her trusted lover duped her of US$88 000 after misrepresenting that he was investing the money in some businesses in the country.

The accused, Joseph Musika appeared before a Harare magistrate Denis Mangosi last Friday charged with fraud and physical abuse.

The assault charges arose after Musika allegedly assaulted Kaunda upon being questioned over the investments.

The court did not ask Musika to plead when he appeared before magistrate Mr Dennis Mangosi.

Prosecutor Lancelot Mutsokoti opposed to bail saying he is a flight risk and considering the amount involved which is an incentive for him to abscond court.

“Penalty provision might also be an inducement for him to flee. “We have four witnesses who will testify against the accused in the first count and another witness in count two. We have a strong case against the accused.

“He has contacts in Dubai who would fund him to finance a life on the run from law enforcement.

“We are aware he has a valid passport that he regularly uses to travel out of Zimbabwe to conduct business.

“He has financial and economic interest outside the country which will allow him to fund a life on the run,” he said.

In his defence, Musika said no money was deposited into his account and the money was sent to him as lovers not for investment.

Musika said the charges were trumped up to humiliate him.

Mutsokoti, prosecuting, had it that sometime in July 2017, Musika told Kaunda that he was planning to register a company and needed US$5 000.

Robert Tapfumaneyi