Guards charged over car

2011-01-15 00:00

POLICE spokesperson Captain Ezra October told Weekend Witness that the trustees of Angel’s Way Sky Diving Club have opened a fraud case against six Congolese car guards on July 30, after it emerged that they had sold an Audi R8, worth R2 million new, which deceased property tycoon, Rob Taylor, had lent them in January last year.

Taylor met the guards at the bottom of Table Mountain and talked about their plight in January last year. The ecstatic guards told the media about their mysterious benefactor. It was then revealed that the Howick-based Taylor was the philanthropist.

Taylor's body was found last Sunday after he had apparently jumped off a viewing point on Table Mountain in a suspected suicide. He fell some 100 meters.

October said there was no written agreement when the car was handed over to the guards, but reports at the time stated that Taylor loaned the luxury sports­car to the guards on the condition that they use it to do good.

The guards did cut a slot through the bonnet through which money could be donated, which money they reportedly gave to charity. The Audi was to remain the property of the Angel’s Way trust fund but October said the men somehow obtained the ownership certificate and registered it to one of the guards, Shima Gisande.

The Mail & Guardian reported yesterday that the guards sold the car for R1,25 million to the Audi Centre in Cape Town and that Terrence Aupiais, Taylor’s business colleague, has laid the fraud charges.

In September 30 the matter was referred to the office of the directorate of public prosecutions and a directive to investigate was given as it was believed that there was a possible case against them, said October.

“The guards had since left the country and since Taylor’s death, the docket has been taken back to the directorate for consideration on the next step to be taken,” said October. Attempts to get comment from Aupiais were unsuccessful.


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