Wendall has case to answer: Court

HARARE - A Harare magistrate has ruled that  Wendall Parson, former winner of reality TV show Big Brother Africa, who is facing $20 000 car insurance fraud, has a case to answer.

Parson had made an application excepting to the charges, arguing the charge did not disclose an offence or any misrepresentation.

However, magistrate Tayengwa Chibanda yesterday dismissed the application and ruled that the reality TV star be brought to trial next Tuesday.

Wendall is jointly charged with his brother William.

Prosecutor Constance Ngombengombe had opposed the application, maintaining that the charge against the pair was not defective and they had a case to answer.

It is the State’s case that Wendall’s brother William was involved in an accident while driving Wendall’s car, a Ford Ranger, on March 16 this year.

The court heard the accident was reported to Borrowdale Police Station. According to State papers, on the day the accident occurred, Wendall’s vehicle was not insured.

Allegations are that after the accident, Wendall connived with his brother and hatched a plan to defraud Alliance Insurance (Pvt) Ltd.

William allegedly went to the insurance brokers where he applied for insurance for the Ford Ranger together with two other trailers on March 18.

A few days after insuring the vehicle, it is alleged Wendall filed an insurance claim and attached fraudulent documents purporting that the accident occurred on March 28 when in actual fact it had occurred on March 16.

The insurance company processed Wendall’s claim of $23 750 for the vehicle.

It is the State’s case that before he was given the money, the insurance risk department carried out investigations and discovered that the accident had occurred before the car was insured.

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