ZIMBABWE – After the court had made its assessment to have the accused deposit $20 bail, Jabulani Mpofu successfully convinced the sitting magistrate to reverse her ruling and cancel the $20 bail it had ordered him to deposit, and go free.
Mpofu pleaded not guilty to theft of trust property charges when he appeared before magistrate Sharon Rakafa.
The State led by prosecutor Desire Chidanire is alleging that in September this year Raymond Mukurundini gave Mpofu $100 after they had agreed the latter would use $30.
Further allegations pointed that instead of Mpofu returning $70 to the complainant, he converted the money to his own use.
Magistrate Rakafa ordered Mpofu to deposit $20, but the accused had an application to make.
“I would like to thank this honourable court for the opportunity it has given me to hear my case. My wife has been admitted at Nazareth clinic she has tuberculosis and my child has no one to attend to.
“If I am made to pay bail I won’t be able to make ends meet. If it pleases this honorable court, I am asking you to let me go on free bail,” negotiated Mpofu.
After the application from the accused, magistrate Rakafa told Mpofu that he will be out on free bail.
Mpofu will be back in court for trial on January 12 next year.