9 October 2018
A SUSPECTED conman was hauled to court charged with unauthorised possession of debit cards and possession of articles for criminal use.
Mairos Godknows Madhoda was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa.
Circumstances are that on October 5, Madhoda approached Portia Marufu who is an accountant at Simukai Financial Services where he produced a ZB debit card and asked Marufu to transfer money from that account to several EcoCash numbers.
He swiped the card and $3900 was transferred from that account to Simukai Financial Services account.
Marufu compared the card numbers produced from the point of sale machine with the card number which appeared on the debit card before she could transfer the money into the EcoCash numbers and noted that they were different.
Marufu called detectives from CID Crimes resulting in Madhoda’s arrest.
Upon arrest, Madhoda was found in possession of several other bank cards and ID cards belonging to various people.
Prosecuting, Sabastian Mutizirwa opposed bail stating that there is a high probability that if granted bail, Madhoda will abscond trial as there is overwhelming evidence.
In response through his lawyer, Madhoda said he was using his friend’s card who had asked him to do so as he was attending a funeral, but however failed to explain how he got possession of the other cards he was found with.
The matter was remanded to today for bail ruling.