A MUTARE woman and her accomplice have been arraigned before the courts facing forgery charges after they were allegedly caught red-handed forging better examination marks on her child’s report book whom she intended to transfer.
Eustina Matavo (48) and Aaron Muchena (27) both denied the charge when they appeared before Mutare magistrate Mrs Sekai Chiundura. Allegations were that they contravened Section 137 (1) (a) (b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.
Mr Fletcher Karombe represented the State. He alleged that during his course of surveillance in the city centre, Detective Innocent Tsungu observed Matavo writing in a Nyakatsapa High School report book purporting to be her child’s teacher. She was seated on the benches at Meikles Park.
“She then gave the report book to Muchena who had made a date stamp purporting to be the senior teacher at Nyakatsapa High School. He stamped the book with the forged stamp knowing fully well that he was not the senior teacher at the school,” said Mr Karombe.
It was further alleged that during the course of interviews, Detective Tsungu established that Matavo wanted her daughter to use the school report book for a school place abroad and had to write better marks in the book.
Mr Karombe stated that by purporting to be the child’s school teacher and senior teacher, filling false information and forging the two’s signatures the pair acted unlawfully. Muchena and Matavo were both remanded out of custody to a later date for trial.