AFTER spending 11 nights behind bars, well-known local businessman, Esias “Sakkie” Gerber, was released on R5 000 bail in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Gerber was arrested in court on June 15 while appearing on another matter, where he, together with with another local businessman, Floyd Teu, is facing charges of fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice.
Following his arrest on June 15, Gerber is now also facing a charge of attempted murder, one charge of defeating the ends of justice and six charges of fraud.
The case’s investigating officer (IO), Warrant Officer Chantelle Booysen, was called by the State yesterday to testify during Gerber’s schedule 5 bail application.
Booysen explained that the charge of attempted murder was brought against Gerber after he allegedly almost hit her with a car when the police went to look for him at his house in Kimberley on June 1 after he failed to appear in court.
Booysen also said that Gerber was “driving recklessly” and endangered the lives of other road users on the day.
She went on to explain that the six fraud charges related to six vehicles, belonging to members of the public, that Gerber allegedly transferred into the name of his former business, MotoNet, re-financed and sold without the knowledge of the owners, while they also did not receive any of the profit.
The complainants in the fraud charges are Gerber’s co-accused in the first matter, Floyd Teu, as well as Komilan Packirisamy and McDonald Visser, both of whom are facing several charges in an IDB case being heard in the Northern Cape High Court.
Six vehicles with values of
R200 000, R25 000, R150 000,
R110 000, R208 000, and R151 000 are involved.
During the bail application, it transpired that Gerber had one previous conviction relating to the illicit sale/trade in diamonds.
After being in custody since June 15, Gerber was yesterday granted bail of R5 000 on the conditions that he hands in his passport and informs the IO of any intention to leave the Kimberley district.
The case is expected to continue next month.