Sylvester Chiramba, Court Reporter
A 33-YEAR-old Bulawayo landlord has appeared in court for allegedly stealing property worth $1 300 from his blind tenant.
Thabo Ncube from Gwabalanda suburb allegedly stole the property which included a bed, four pairs of shoes, curtains and groceries from his tenant Mr Edson Nkala.
The theft occurred when Mr Nkala was in South Africa.
Ncube appeared before Western Commonage magistrate Ms Tancy Dube facing a theft charge.
He admitted to stealing the complainant’s bed and trunk only.
“I sold his bed and a trunk only,” said Ncube.
Nkala told the court that he discovered his carpet in the complainant’s kitchen yet he had left it rolled up in his room.
“Your carpet was beneath my carpet because it was dirty and very dusty,” said Ncube in his defence.
Ncube was remanded in custody to today for trial.
Prosecuting, Mrs Sindisiwe Ncube said between January 27 and November 14 this year, Ncube took advantage of his tenant’s absence and stole some of his property for personal gain.
“Nkala left his property at the accused person’s house and went to South Africa,” said Mrs Ncube
“On his return from South Africa, the complainant discovered that some of his property was missing and a report was made to the police. Investigations were made which led to the arrest of Ncube.”
The court also heard that two blankets, a bag with clothes, two plastic dishes and a curtain were found in Ncube’s possession.
The total value of the stolen property was $1 300 and property recovered is worth $140—@SlyCee10