Brakspear case seems in big trouble

2014-08-13 00:00

A LOCAL businessman who has subpoenaed lawyers, judges and advocates to prove widespread fraud in the liquidation industry may have pushed the self-destruct button.

Durban North businessman Ian Brakspear, representing himself, made a series of concessions that have shaken the foundation of his claim he was the victim of a fake interim court order liquidating his entire estate.

Advocate Gavin Woodland for Nedgroup and ENS senior director Lenard Katz — who Brakspear accuse of being privy to the fakery — made Brakspear concede his facts may be incorrect.

And in a bizarre side story Woodland accused Brakspear of colluding with investigative “fringe publication” Noseweek editor Martin Welz.

“Mr Welz helps you and you help Mr Welz make the news against senior attorneys and the law firm,” said Woodland.

At the mention of “fringe” Katz turned around to Welz winked at him and mouthed “that is you”.

Brakspear has claimed the interim court order granted in December 2008 by Judge Sharmaine Balton never happened. His accusation is strengthened that there is no original copy of this order, no audio record and no record it was heard in chambers. He claimed to have evidence — which has been entered into the court record — the signature on the order was forged.

Woodward, through questions, had Brakspear concede Balton’s order was genuine and there was no evidence his clients were responsible for the forgery.

Brakspear will likely contest today he conceded the order was genuine and claim he was tricked and cornered by an experienced advocate.

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