Midlands provincial magistrate Phathekile Msipa sentenced Kelvin Kutadza (24) to 12 years in prison after convicting him of 54 counts of theft.
Kutadza who is a final year student nurse at Gweru Provincial Hospital received $54 000 after computer errors by his bank, Central African Building Society (CABS) between July and September 2017. Kutadza used the money to purchase a house in Mkoba 19 suburb for $32 460 and two vehicles for $5 500 and $5000. He was arrested after the bank discovered the error and only $2 384.12 was recovered.
However, Magistrate Msipa suspended 3 years on condition of good behaviour, and another 3 years on condition that Kutadza pays back the money to CABS. Kutadza was supposed to graduate this Saturday (05 May).In mitigation, Kutadza claimed that he was a devout Christian who honestly believed that he had received miracle money. Said Kutadza,
When I checked my account and saw the money, I thought it was miracle money. I’m a Christian and thought that my prayers had been answered and I regret using the money. I’m a final year student nurse at Gweru Provincial Hospital and I am supposed to graduate on May 5. May the court pardon me.