CHIVHU – A Chivhu man who lives in fear of his wife appeared in court facing a charge of supplying false information to an authority when he faked robbery in order to hide details of $700 he had given to his small house.
Aaron Jakwi (36) of 66 York Street in Chivhu appeared before Magistrate Story Rushambwa on Friday facing charges of deliberately supplying false information to public authority as defined in Section 180 (1) of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9:23.
He lied to the Police that he was robbed of $1 800 and other valuables when he had in fact given his girlfriend $700 for the upkeep of a child who is not known to the wife.
Magistrate Rushambwa sentenced Jakwi to 12 months imprisonment and four months were suspended for three years on condition that he does not commit a similar offense within that period. Eight months were suspended on condition that the accused performs 280 hours of community service at Runyararo Primary School.
It is the State case that on May 13, this year, Jakwi proceeded to ZRP Chivhu charge office where he made a report to Constable Manjovo that he had been robbed.
He said that he left home at 5am and was robbed by four unknown men at Engen (Philjen) filling station. He claimed that he was hit on the forehead and lost consciousness. He recovered later to find out that he had been robbed of his $1 800 cash, black satchel, black and red woollen hat, green corduroy jacket and two cellphones
He said he got help from one Chikodzi who phoned his wife who came and collected him.
It was established that Jakwi stage-managed the robbery since he had taken money amounting to $750 from his house without the knowledge of his wife and given it to a lady whom he had a child with out of wedlock.
Some of the property that he reported stolen was recovered at his house and he then indicated to the investigating officer that he wanted to hide information of the child he had out of wedlock from his wife.
Patrick Gumbo prosecuted.