Lesleigh Chidawanyika, Court Reporter
A Harare man has been sentenced to four years in prison for duping his subordinates of more than US$17 000 meant for salaries.
Luka Andrews, 44, was found guilty after the State managed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he converted money meant for workers into his personal use.
Magistrate Matare slapped him with four years in prison, suspending three months on condition that he repays Fisher his money.
The court also set aside five months on condition that he does not commit a similar offence in the next five years.
Circumstances leading the conviction are that, during the period between January 2016 to May 2019, Andrews had been assured with workers salaries amounting to USD$17 964 by Robert Fisher who was leaving the country for a business mission in China.
The State proved that Andrews received the money via his EcoCash account, which was meant to pay workers at the end of each month, but on receiving the money Andrews converted the money into his personal use.
After nine months without receiving their salaries, Tendai Takwara, an employee of Fisher then contacted his boss who was still abroad to understand what was going on.
Fisher told Takwara that he was sending their salaries through Andrew’s EcoCash account.
The State was led by Talkmore Muganhiri.