BY JEFFREY MUVUNDUSI
FORMER Tuskers cricketer Dumisani Mankunzini (pictured) is back in the dock after he allegedly masqueraded as a lawyer and defrauded a desperate Bulawayo woman of US$350.
Mankunzini has several pending court cases, most of them involving fraud.
In the latest case, the 31-year-old is facing allegations of duping Abigail Munenge, 37, from Woodville on the pretext that he was going to facilitate the release of her husband from Bulawayo Remand Prison.
He denied the charges when he appeared in court yesterday and was remanded out of custody on $8 000 bail. He will be back in court on November 30 for trial.
It is the State’s case that sometime in September 2021, Munenge received a phone call from Mankunzini stating that he was a lawyer and could facilitate the release of her husband from Bulawayo Remand Prison.
Acting on the misrepresentation, the court heard that the two then made an arrangement to meet in town.
It is reported that the following day, Munenge met Mankunzini at Tredgold Building which houses the Bulawayo Magistrates’ Courts and gave him US$50.
During that meeting, her husband’s brother also gave him US$150.
It is alleged that Mankunzini later phoned Munenge demanding another $20 000 and she later gave him US$150 which she reportedly got from one of her relatives.
After she gave him the money, Mankunzini reportedly told Munenge to go to the prison to wait for her husband’s release.
The court further heard that Munenge later realised that she had been duped after she was made to wait the whole day for the release of her husband.
She tried to phone Mankunzini and his mobile phone was no longer reachable.
She then filed a police report leading to Mankunzini’s arrest. – Daily News