Bogus lawyer’s fraud trial to resume

14 Jan, 2022 - 00:01 0 Views
Bogus lawyer’s fraud trial to resume


Mathew Masinge

A MAN accused of duping a desperate home seeker that he was a lawyer will  now be put to his defence.

Michael Kawanzaruwa is alleged to have claimed he was a partner at Sengwe Law Chambers.

Kawanzaruwa had approached the High Court seeking to overturn Harare magistrate Isheanesu Matova’s decision to dismiss his application for discharge.

He wanted the order to be set aside.

However, High Court Judge Justice Fatima Chakapamambo Maxwell dismissed the appeal.

It is the State case that on June 28, 2019, at Sengwe Law Chambers, Kawanzaruwa and three others misrepresented to Kudakwashe Gapara, that William Bertram Gibbons, who is the second accused in the pending criminal case, was Jason David Maple, the legitimate owner of Stand Number 103, Colray Township, in Harare.

The stand’s value was US$120 000.

Acting on the misrepresentation, Gapara deposited US$55 000 for the stand, and the money was set to be paid through Sengwe Law Chambers.

It is the State’s case that Gapara lateer found out that money he had paid never reached Sengwe Law Chambers.

“The record of proceedings from the trial court shows that the court’s finding that there is a prima facie case was reached after an assessment of the evidence.

“Kawanzaruwa expressed disagreement with the court aquo findings and sought to unprocedurally question the correctness, or otherwise, of the decision by way of a review.

“I find nothing outward, unprocedural and injudicious displayed to warrant interference with the proceedings in the court aquo.

“Application for review is baseless and must fail,” ruled the judge.

Kawanzaruwa has other pending cases where he was accused of similar allegations and of defrauding home seekers of US$155 000.

He was jointly charged with Innocent Munyani and Tonderai Chakacha.

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