By Court Reporter
A HARARE business man will live to regret the day he re-hired his old maid during her trying times after she allegedly teamed up with her boyfriend and stole his $US150 000 before spending it on building houses and buying cars.
Granny Chiriseri, 33 and her boyfriend Freeman Gadzamoyo aged 32 are answering to theft charges after they stole money belonging to Graham Awudi of Borrowdale.
Court heard Chiriseri once worked for Awudi between 2004 and 2005.
She left her job when she got married to a leader of an unnamed apostolic sect.
However, her marriage did not work as she was subjected to torture by her husband who later chased her away after giving her two children.
Chiriseri later met Awudi’s daughter and narrated her ordeal.
Awudi’s daughter then told her mother and also gave Chiriseri her parents’ contact details.
It is alleged Chiriseri then called Awudi’s wife asking if she could get back her job since her marriage had failed.
In February 2013, she was hired back and moved to the servants’ quarters at Awudi’s place.
Court heard Chiriseri’s salary was $300 per month and her employers also paid school fees for her children among other things.
It is alleged that Awudi and his wife would travel locally and abroad on business leaving money in their bedroom.
On first occasion, it is alleged, that they found their $US20 000 which was in a drawer in their bedroom missing.
Chiriseri was alone at home but she could not account for it. They again went away twice leaving their maid at home and she allegedly stole another $US20 000and $US15 000.
The couple decided to put a safe in their house but they would still lose lots of money.
They decided to report the case after Chiriseri allegedly stole another $US10 000 during their absence recently.
Investigations led to Chiriseri’s arrest after the police established that she was doing more than she could afford in her life.
It was established that between August 2014 and 2017, Chiriseri had acquired several stands, built and refurbished three houses in Chivhu, Dema, Guruve and also in Mahusekwa using proceeds from the crime.
The properties were registered in her name as well as in her boyfriend’s name.
She also bought seven motor vehicles using the stolen money.
The couple will be back in court on June 14 for trial continuation.