Vehicle shipping row spills into court

HARARE - A 40-year-old man who allegedly duped a shipping agent of £9 100 and more than 70 000 rand appeared before a Harare magistrate yesterday.

Paul Musarara, who is facing fraud charges, allegedly used a shipping company to ferry his car and trailer into Zimbabwe from the United Kingdom and fraudulently cleared the car without paying.

Magistrate Anita Tshuma remanded Musarara to August 15 on $100 bail and also ordered him to surrender his passport as part of his bail conditions.

The court heard Musarara asked the complainant’s (name withheld) sister company in the UK to ship his motor vehicle — a Volvo FM12 truck and trailer — into Zimbabwe.

Musarara was allegedly given a quotation of £9 100 and shipping notes to take his trailer and truck to Sheerness Port in the UK.

It is the State’s case that the complainant advised Musarara that he was supposed to pay all the shipping costs one week before the vessel arrived at Walvis Bay in Namibia, before invoicing him on April 28 last year.

On May 12, the truck and trailer were shipped from Sheerness Port to Walvis Bay on board the vessel CSAV RIO ILLAPEL.

Allegations are that the complainant communicated with Musarara through various emails and telephone calls but was given false promises.

NMT Shipping Lines made a follow-up with the complainant for their payment but nothing materialised as Musarara was not willing to pay the complainant as agreed.

On August 28, the complainant ended up paying NMT Shipping the £9 100 for the shipping and was issued with a bill of landing.

Prosecutor Tungamirai Chakurira told the court that due to its prolonged stay in NMT premises, the vehicle accrued storage fees of 69 654 rand.

In addition the complainant also had to pay 11 000 rand to the clearing agent.

The complainant, realising that Musarara was not going to pay all the expenses, decided to take the vehicle and its trailer to Zimbabwe and sell it then give Musarara his money for buying the car.

On October 1, the complainant travelled to Walvis Bay with the intention to collect the car but discovered that it had already been cleared by Musarara on June 22 using fake documents.

After having failed to locate the vehicle, the complainant allegedly contacted NMT shipping and was advised to approach Nova Shipping Agents who showed him that the car had been cleared by Musarara.

The allegedly fake documents were stamped by one Niewoudt Boshoff of Nova Shipping to facilitate its release.

Musarara is alleged to have proceeded to Plumtree Border Post with his fake documents and cleared the vehicle before registering it on July 16.

The complainant later learnt that the vehicle had been registered in the name of a company known as Kings Carriers, prompting a police report.

Comments (2)

He is an Elder in ZAOGA. A lot of pple in the UK have a lot to say about this guy

Hamuoni - 14 September 2013

Me being one of those in the uk mr msarara owes me £6500 and 2 of my friends over £25000 the uk police have a warrant for his arrest I would love too see him, total scumbag with no morals

Brian Mcallister - 17 September 2013

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