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Petrol card fraud accused back in court

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Booysen was arrested after allegedly attempting to purchase petrol with one of these cards at a Shell station in the Kimberley CBD

Dirk Booysen, who is accused of stealing the petrol cards out of two DFA company vehicles.

THE KIMBERLEY man who is accused of stealing petrol cards out of two DFA company vehicles and then charging in excess of R15 000 in over 30 transactions to the newspaper’s accounts, made a brief appearance in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The accused, 26-year-old Dirk Booysen, was granted bail last year after he requested to be released for the birth of his child. The matter was then postponed to this week.

At the time of the application, the State was opposed bail on the grounds that Booysen has previous convictions and other pending charges.

As the bail application continued, the investigating officer (IO), Detective Henk van der Merwe, explained that two petrol cards were removed from the DFA vehicles in May, 2017, after Booysen had approached newspaper staff, claiming to be an employee of a vehicle tracking company.

Booysen was later arrested after allegedly attempting to purchase petrol with one of these cards at a Shell station in the Kimberley CBD.

Van der Merwe further explained that one of the other charges against Booysen was linked to the theft of a subwoofer and a bluetooth soundbar from a local guest house, while Booysen is also accused of fraud after spending an evening with his girlfriend at Kalahari Lodge and allegedly leaving without settling the account.

The matter was yesterday postponed to April 3 for consultation. – Murray Swart