Cigarettes fraud suspect set free

07 Sep 2017 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 07 SEP (NAMPA) - A former employee of the Indo Atlantic company who was charged with fraud and theft of cigarettes worth more than N.dollars 2.5 million, has been set free.
David Martin Bezuidenhout, a former sales representative for Indo Atlantic, now rebranded as CIC, was entrusted with the sale of cigarettes, and operated a vehicle with which he transported cigarettes to clients in Walvis Bay and surrounding areas between October 2006 and August 2007.
He was set free by High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka on Thursday morning.
Bezuidenhout was discharged on a total of 12 counts of fraud, theft and theft by false pretence, after the prosecution failed to prove these charges beyond reasonable doubt.
The prosecution, according to the judge, had failed to prove that Bezuidenhout had indeed delivered 1 000 packets of Benson and Hedges Special Mild cigarettes to Trust Market, which was invoiced for 3 000 packets.
The State could also not prove that Bezuidenhout only delivered 6 000 packs of Dunhill King Size and 4 000 Peter Stuyvesant cigarettes to the Walvis Bay Self Service shop, while the customer was invoiced for 14 000 packs of Peter Stuyvesant and 16 000 packs of Dunhill.
Furthermore, the State failed to prove that Bezuidenhout stole the excess boxes of cigarettes, sold them and pocketed the proceeds.
Defence lawyer Boris Isaacks appeared for Bezuidenhout.
Meanwhile, Bezuidenhout’s co-accused, Venecia Ann Koning, was found guilty on a total of 18 charges in respect of the fraud and theft case.
Koning was employed at the then Indo Atlantic as administrative clerk until mid-July 2007 and was responsible for generating invoices on the company’s computer system.
Koning admitted responsibility for the crime after a computer expert testified in court regarding the computer reprint history that belonged to her, and she confirmed the evidence as correct and truthful.
The defrauded customers are Kuiseb Shop 4 Value, Bargosa Wholesalers, Walvis Bay Self Service, Parade Supermarket, Trust Market, Metro Walvis Bay, Metro Swakopmund, Shoprite U Save, Shoprite/Checkers Walvis Bay, Sentra Portuguese Market, Spar North Rand Henties and Shoprite Swakopmund.
State Advocate Simba Nduna appears for the prosecution.
Titus Ipumbu is defending Koning.
She returns to court on 20 September 2017 for the submissions of the evidence of mitigation and aggravation of sentence.
Koning was on Thursday remanded in police custody following the cancellation of her bail.