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									                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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