Weekend in custody for trio


Blessing Masakadza 

THREE people accused of burning Harare medical doctor Johannes Marisa’s house in Ruwa after allegedly stealing a bag with US$50 000 spent the weekend behind bars and will be in court tomorrow for bail application.

Blessing Mahutse, Simon Chavhunduka and Garikayi Ekaya, the gardener at the home, are facing allegations of theft and malicious damage to property. They are accused of starting the fire to conceal the theft.

They were not asked to plead to the allegations when they appeared before Harare magistrate Barbra Mateko last week.

It is alleged that on January 26, the trio connived to steal from the complainant.

Mahutse and Chavhunduka, who had access to Marisa’s bedroom, allegedly entered the room and stole a leather bag which had US$50 000. Ekaya allegedly provided two litres of petrol which was used to burn the house as a way to conceal the theft.

Claims are that they lied to the complainant that lightning had caused the fire.

The complainant called experts to verify if the fire was a result of an electric fault and the outcome was negative. Marisa suspected foul play and reported to the police.

In linking them to the offence, the police allege Mahutse and Chavhunduka even failed to help the children, who were in the house.

They also alleged that Ekaya failed to account for two litres of petrol that was meant for the lawn mower.

Prosecutor Lancelot Mutsokoti is appearing for the State.

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