THE SUPREME COURT OF APPEAL REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA MEDIA STATEMENT – CASE HEARING IN SUPREME COURT OF APPEAL S v Adendorff Supreme Court of Appeal -344/03 Hearing date: 11 May 2004 Judgment date: 25 May 2004 Criminal law - theft of motor vehicle - admissibility of evidence - whether guilt proved beyond reasonable doubt - irregular leading of accused's evidence Media Summary of Judgment From: The Registrar, Supreme Court of Appeal The Supreme Court of Appeal today dismissed the appeal of a Welkom businessman (JEF Adendorff v The State) against his conviction on a charge of car theft and the subsequent upholding of that conviction by the Bloemfontein High Court. The stolen vehicle was brought to the panelbeating shop owned by the appellant on the day of the theft, 24 April 1993, and afterwards resprayed, fitted with a new engine and registered in the appellant’s name as a new vehicle using a false chassis number. The appellant’s defence that he purchased the car in good faith from a client was rejected as false by the magistrate and that finding was confirmed in the appeal. The appellant did not appeal against the sentence of 4½ years imprisonment (of which 18 months was conditionally suspended).
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