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Fidentia fraud accused 'seriously ill'

2012-04-05 20:49

Johannesburg - One of two men accused of defrauding Fidentia Holdings of millions of rands was not fit to stand trial because he has advanced Parkinsons disease, the Bellville Commercial Crime Court heard on Thursday.

Defence attorney William Booth, representing Melvyn Ivor Cunningham, 70, presented neurological reports and argued that Cunningham's condition was at such an advanced state he was not fit to stand trial at all.

Cunningham was in the dock with chartered accountant David Anthony Warren, 42. Both are charged with fraud relating to the company Fidentia Holdings.

Prosecutor Max Orban said Fidentia Holdings, represented between the years 2005 and 2006 by the company's then chief executive J Arthur Brown, bought shares in the MI Cunningham Trust for R160m.

This was on the strength of false financial statements allegedly prepared and audited by Warren.

Booth told the court he was hopeful the charge against Cunningham would be withdrawn on compassionate grounds.

Orban said he needed time to study the reports, and that he, Booth and attorney Lee-Anne Wolpe, representing Warren, had agreed to a postponement to May 3.

Comments
  • Jerzy - 2012-04-05 21:32

    Dirty white devils

      Raymond - 2012-04-06 21:30

      Dirty black devils

  • Master Piece Mzilikazi - 2012-04-05 21:36

    hey everyone, wat r u talking abt?

  • robqb - 2012-04-05 21:37

    Isn't it strange how people accused of large crimes have the ability to succumb to large ailments?

  • Chappies ZA - 2012-04-05 21:43

    the whiteys are learning from the cANCer. If u steal you must pay, irrespective of you color!

      Hugo - 2012-04-06 13:23

      look up apartheid corruption.

  • Thokozane - 2012-04-06 02:21

    Maybe he is suffering from after effects of all the lavish parties they were throwing. Sick or not, justice will prevail, eventually. Jackie Selebi tried that as well, but its not working.

  • Johan - 2012-04-06 07:55

    And the medical parole club gains another member lol

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-06 19:44

    something is going to snap

  • Dries - 2012-04-07 06:51

    He and Mr Brown is skelms and should be taken out like that other 3 skelms a couple of days ago bang, bang, bang finish en klaar

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-07 07:47

    This seems to be becoming a national sport for well heeled criminals, do the crime, get sick before its time to serve time.

  • Zion - 2012-04-07 08:06

    There is no real reason for concern: Falling ill before the trial is a normal occurrence and has proven its merits with those in high places. When all the Ag Shames have died away and the trial has passed at least there is a chance for a miraculous healing. Hopefully it entails falling on their heads.

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