'Container' case postponed due to robbery

2013-03-01 13:43


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - The case against a man charged with stealing shipping containers was postponed on Friday because the case documents were stolen from the prosecutor in an armed robbery.

Prosecutor Yuben Archary said: "The docket was taken from me in an armed robbery last night."

Magistrate Sharon Marks postponed Yusuf Omarjee's case to 12 April to allow Archary to reconstruct the case file.

Another case involving four others also had to be postponed to allow Archary to reconstruct the case file.

Omarjee faces charges of theft, fraud and money-laundering.
He is out on bail of R10 000.

Losses of R100m

Omarjee's lawyer Ahmed Amod told the court that it was in fact his client who had complained that containers were being stolen from his depot near Durban harbour's Maydon Wharf.

He said there was an application still pending before the Durban High Court to have the investigating officer removed.

Police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge said at the time of Omarjee's arrest that the police's organised crime unit began its investigation in June 2012, when 14 stolen containers were found at a property in Queensburgh, Durban.

The owners of the property apparently bought the containers for R200 000 - a fraction of their value - from the storage company that Omarjee owned.

Mdunge said foreign shipping companies stored empty containers at the company in Maydon Wharf, but often found that some had gone missing.

He said shipping companies had reported losses in excess of R100m.

Amod told the court that he had been told that investigations had been finalised, but he had not received a copy of the docket, despite repeated requests, prior to Archary being robbed.

Read more on:    durban

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.

Embracing sustainability in tobacco agriculture

In Sub-Saharan Africa, farming represents a subsistence lifestyle for millions of people. In recent years though, the development of farming into an economic activity has made a real change in how the land is used in providing for the population.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.