Hookers up for theft

Auxilia Katongomara Court Reporter

TWO self confessed Bulawayo prostitutes who initially appeared in court as witnesses in a theft case, were later arrested after one of the suspects implicated them as accomplices in the commission of the crime. The duo, Sinanzeni Ncube, 40, and Sithokozile Nyathi, 43, both from Queenspark suburb, yesterday appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Sibongile Msipa facing theft from motor vehicle charges.

The two ladies of the night appeared in court on Wednesday as witnesses for Mike Moyo Pongo and Ndumiso Banda who were facing the same charge.
Prosecuting, Dennmore Kasenza told the court that on September 1 this year, the women of easy virtue, in the company of Pongo and Banda, connived to steal from a parked motor vehicle belonging to Tafadzwa Gurajena..

“The quartet opened the doors of the vehicle, a Honda Fit and stole two Lenovo laptops, five HP laptops, one Acer laptop, one HP printer and a Toshiba 32 inch LED television set,” said Kasenza.

The court heard that Ncube and Nyathi later took the property to Ncube’s house in Queenspark suburb for safekeeping.
They then sold the stolen goods to Cliff Sithole and Sheperd Makwikwi.

Gurajena made a report to the police leading to Pongo and Banda’s arrest.
The pair implicated Ncube and Nyathi, the court heard.

The property was valued at $5,630 and property valued at $4,206 has been recovered.
“Your worship, we were not part of the theft; we were on the street looking for clients when we were approached by Banda and Pongo who said they were looking for transport to carry their stuff. We arranged transport and they only told us they were carrying tissue paper”, Ncube told the court.

Asked what type of clients they were looking for at night, the duo said they were commercial sex workers and plied their trade at the street corner where the offence was committed.

Banda and Pongo were sentenced to 36 months in prison. Six months were suspended on condition of good behaviour and a further six months were suspended on condition that they restitute the complainant.

They will serve an effective 24 months behind bars.
Ncube and Nyathi were remanded in custody to September 29.

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