A 27-year-old woman from Avondale, Harare appeared before a magistrate on Friday on allegations of stealing US$3 000 from a friend she had accompanied to collect the money from Western Union last year.
The suspect, Cloudette Phoebe Tabazwa was not asked to plead when she appeared before Harare magistrate Tafadzwa Miti who granted her bail.
As part of her bail conditions, Tabazwa was ordered to pay $10 000 bail, to report every Friday at Avondale Police Station, surrender her travel documents and not interfere with State witnesses until the matter is finalised.
Prosecuting, Tapiwa Zvidzai told the court that on May 21 last year, Tabazwa picked the complainant, Tatenda Kamutepfa, together with her sister Rudo at their residence and drove them to Western Union in Borrowdale where Rudo withdrew US$3 000 that belonged to Tatenda.
From Borrowdale, the trio drove into Harare CBD where Tatenda intended to get her hair done and she left the money in her handbag in the car and Tabazwa drove away.
Tabazwa returned after two hours without her car and told Tatenda that she had taken her money from the handbag to solve some issues and would refund her after two hours.
However, Tabazwa became evasive, prompting Tatenda to call Tabazwa’s husband Clayton Taranyika who paid US$1 200 and the balance was never settled, leading to her arrest.