Monday, August 12, 2013

Wendall To Appear In Court On Friday

Former Big Brother Africa winner Wendall Parson, who is facing charges of fraud involving more than US$20 000 in a car insurance scandal, will know his fate on Friday when a Harare magistrate is expected to rule on his application to accept to the charges. Wendall, who is jointly charged with his brother William, made the application before Harare magistrate Mr Tayengwa Chibanda who deferred the matter to Friday for ruling. The brothers, who are represented by Mr Harrison Nkomo, argue that the charge against them does not disclose a criminal offence or any misrepresentation.

Ms Constance Ngombengombe who appeared for State opposed the application maintaining that the charge against the pair was not defective and they had a case to answer. It is the State's case that on March 16, Wendall's brother, William was involved in an accident while driving Wendall's car, a Ford Ranger. The accident was reported at Borrowdale police station and it is alleged on the day the accident occurred, Wendall's vehicle was not insured.

It is alleged that after the accident, Wendall connived with his brother and hatched a plan to defraud Alliance Insurance Pvt Ltd.

On March 18 William allegedly went to the insurance brokers where he applied for insurance for the Ford Ranger together with two other trailers. He insured the vehicle comprehensively. A few days after insuring the vehicle, it is alleged Wendall filed an insurance claim and attached fraudulent documents purporting that the accident occurred on March 28 when in actual fact it had occurred on March 16.

The insurance company processed the claim and Wendall was to be given US$23 750 for the vehicle. It is the State's case that before he was given the money, the insurance risk department carried out investigations and discovered that the accident had occurred before the car was insured.

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