'Container' case postponed due to robbery

2013-03-01 13:43

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.

  • JanGrimbeek - 2013-03-01 14:04

    Strange but true ? How come there are no certified copies of such important documents, or better why is the original documents used and not certified copies ?

      dkh.khuzwayo - 2013-03-01 14:25

      This really boggles the mind. We live in the 21st century with all the advantages of hi-tech equipment and the highest law enforcment institution in the land relies on 2 A.D. technology? Really.

      ohbizz.chabata - 2013-03-01 14:25

      Re the part nf certified copies...Only original documents are accepted in court save for a few instances where it is nearly impossible to retain the original document as part of the evidence e.g entries on books of accounts

  • dkh.khuzwayo - 2013-03-01 14:07

    Prosecutor I really hope that the dockets were stolen last night through a genuine burglary. Besides what happened to e-Filing documents? Stealing of dockets is no longer an exception in this country and it is rather a norm. This is unacceptable. I hope the Hawks will interrogate your story to establish the facts.

  • gladness - 2013-03-01 14:25

    Well well well. Who paid who how much !!!!!

      dkh.khuzwayo - 2013-03-01 14:30

      You can ask that question again even though I still want to give the prosecutor the benefit of the doubt.

  • flysouth - 2013-03-01 14:54

    And what else was stolen - oh, nothing else? We believe you, bud, thousands wouldn't!

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-03-01 15:15

    check out the investigating officers bank account

  • john.tex.395 - 2013-03-01 15:34

    W. T. F Ha ha. Ha this is a typical Naaido move "make a plan and all"

  • Abdul Cassiem - 2013-03-01 16:10

    Yeah right thy stole it to sell on the black market.

  • ben.lantz1 - 2013-03-01 18:29

    What net? Arson

  • rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-03-01 19:53

    The dockets were stolen along with the container....must be heavy.

  • piet.snot.77964 - 2013-03-01 21:57

    So when - oh when will we in Africa join the 21st cent. with electronic documents. Why are the orininal documents not secured in a proper way - why was the prosecutor running around with originals - very fishy indeed - I smell a big fat rat. The Prosecutor should have a back-up and need not reconstruct the file

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