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Police canteen manager back in court for theft

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A STATION canteen manager at Hillside Police Station in Bulawayo charged with theft of goods worth $1 651 will today appear in court for the commencement of trial after the magistrate deferred the trial demanding his lawyer to submit a written defence outline.

BY SILAS NKALA

Constable Felix Sangu (29) represented by lawyer Blessing Sengweni denied the theft charge when he initially appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Tawanda Muchemwa last week.

In his oral defence he claimed the officer-in-charge of the station, Justice Rabson, knew better what had happened to the canteen money.

The magistrate advised Sangu’s lawyer to make written submissions before remanding the matter to today for commencement of trial.

Prosecutor Munyonga Kuvarega told the court that sometime between February 2 and 22, Sangu did not report for duty and failed to hand over the canteen cash, stock and records to other police officers on duty.

Police later conducted a spot check on the canteen financial records and discovered that stock valued at $1 260,76 was entered on the stock sheet, but change valued at $287,88 was not receipted or banked and empties valued at $121,40 were missing.

When Sangu was quizzed over the alleged discrepancies by the officer-in-charge, he failed to account for the missing stock and cash, leading to his arrest.

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