A 35-YEAR-OLD Mutare woman was last week arraigned before the courts on theft charges after she allegedly stole property belonging to her Australian-based employer. Loveness Chidhakwa who resides at Chikwana Village in Marange appeared before senior Mutare magistrate, Mrs Sekai Chiundura, facing theft charges as defined in Section 113 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.Mr Fletcher appeared for the State.
It is alleged that during the month of January 2016 at Boadervale, Chidhakwa unlawfully took her employer’s property without her consent and some cash amounting to $1 150.
Mr Karombe told the court that Chidhakwa was employed by Victoria Murimba as a domestic worker.
Murimba travelled to Australia on December 28, 2015 leaving the accused in custody of her three children.
In early January this year, Chidhakwa was given her salary and she resigned from work. She packed her things and left.
“Her employer came back from Australia in February and realised that Chidhakwa had stolen her dinner plates, cutlery, two suits and also went on to collect $250 from one of her employer’s clients. She also stole $900 which was inside the pockets of one of the suits she had stolen,” said Mr Karombe.
When asked to explain why she committed the offence, Chidhakwa denied stealing her employer’s property.
She admitted to have collected $250 from her employer’s client.
“I never stole anything from her. I only collected $250 from Mrs Mudede, but the money was lost before I gave it to her,” she said.
The matter goes for trial on April 21.
Mrs Chiundura granted her $50 bail.