CONVICTED fraudster Felistas ‘Mai TiTi’ Murata will spend two more nights in custody and now faces the grim possibility of an extended term behind bars.
A vetting process is underway to establish if she has violated more than one order, to perform community service, in the past.
It was established yesterday that she defaulted on a court order, to perform community service once, following a conviction for assault.
Now, there is a process to try and establish if she violated more such orders in the past. Mai TT appears to be in real trouble when sentence, for theft of trust property, is passed tomorrow. The comedienne had been due to be sentenced yesterday.
However, a vetting process for community service flagged that she did not perform community service, as ordered by a court, some years ago, after being convicted for assault.
Magistrate Munashe Chibanda pushed back her ruling when the new details emerged. Prosecutor Monalisa Magwenzi said:
“I understand she was supposed to be coming for sentencing, but we have received a report that she may not be eligible for community service.
“It is being said she defaulted on community service in an assault matter where she was supposed to perform community service at the Budiriro Council office.
“That information needs to be verified as it has a bearing on whether she is a suitable candidate for community service or not.
“The Community Service Office said they need more time to verify so the matter will be remanded to Friday.
Mai TT’s lawyer, Admire Masango, cried foul saying he was baffled as the State had earlier asked the court to treat her as a first-time offender.
He then petitioned for a fine on the grounds of her being a single mother of two, who also has civil proceedings against her, and is HIV positive.
The prosecutor, however, requested a custodial sentence for the theft of the vehicle, adding that Mai TT had committed a serious offence, which carried severe consequences, including the loss of the complainant’s income.
Magistrate Chibanda ruled in favour of the State, but only gave the Community Service Office one day to make the verifications.