Wendall set free

HARARE - Wendall Parsons, a past Big Brother Africa reality TV show winner,  was acquitted by a Harare magistrate in an alleged  $20 000 car insurance fraud.

Parsons, who was jointly charged with his brother William, was found not guilty after the court ruled that the State failed to prove a case against him.

Harare magistrate Elijah Makomo said evidence presented before the court through State witnesses and 18 documentary exhibits was not sufficient enough.

He said evidence before the court proved that Parson’s vehicle had insurance cover, expiring on July 8 this year and Alliance Insurance Company had not informed him of the cancellation prior to his arrest.

The company only informed him formally about the cancellation after he had been arrested
It was the State’s case that William was involved in an accident while driving his brother’s Ford Ranger on March 16 this year.

The accident was reported to Borrowdale Police Station. It had been earlier alleged that Wendall’s vehicle was not insured on the day of the accident.

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

William reportedly went to the insurance brokers on March 18 where he applied for insurance for the Ford Ranger and two other trailers.

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

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

The State further alleged that before he was given the money, the insurance company’s risk department carried out investigations and discovered that the accident had occurred before the car was insured.

Comments (9)

Its an obvious case in Zim kuti ane mhosva ane mari, will walk out freely, and asina mhosva, asina mari will rot in jail, toitawo seiko?

Hazvie - 30 October 2013

This is how the rich guys win cases in most cases: They bribe a combo of the following: the Prosecutor, the investigating officer, the judge/magistrate or just the Prosecutor and the magistrate or just the prosecutor. The prosecutor is the main man/woman is these shenanigans because he is the one who ultimately presents the state case. So in practice, the investigator will do a shoddy work, the prosecutor presents a weak case, and the magistrate acquits the accused. This in most cases is very organized that no one can detect the game.

jurist - 30 October 2013

This is a clear case of corruption. Totally agree with hazvi and jurist.

Chief - 30 October 2013

so crime pays?ummmmmh.what messages are we sending to our youth.Its good to steal?God forbid

pita ghost - 1 November 2013

The judiciary sysem in our country needs to be seriously looked at as this is a clear case of corruption. Very sad indeed that money gets you everywhere and innocent people are trampled on. Come on Zimbos, let's stand against corruption.

Louise Smith - 4 November 2013

A very accurate verdict well done to Wendall for fighting these insurance companies and speaking not only for himself but all people.

Sarah - 6 November 2013

I do not think these papers are telling the whole story, firstly if it was so cut and dry Wendall wound of not been able to be acquitted. Secondly, if the magistrate had seen cover notes for the said vehicle prior to the accident that where given to Wendall and where never cancelled by Wendall, then how was the vehicle not insured if cover notes for the vehicle were obtained by Wendall???, Thirdly, Alliance insurance company have always never wanted to pay out and look for anything yet when you dont pay them they run after you, im talking from experience. I just think Wendall was not in the wrong in this matter, however alliance insurance did not have their paperwork in order to know that Wendall was insured which led to this saga.

fungi Tusara - 6 November 2013

Alliance insurance company should be ashamed of their un professionalism in this matter. How can you take Wendall to court yet you loose the case due to the weak evidence? surely if it was so straight forward there wouldnt of been this verdict. And those that are saying there was money involved, who has more money to pay people Alliance insurance company or Wendall? Its like David and Goliath. Big up to Wendall for fighting these Insurance companies that crook people.

Tsisti - 6 November 2013

Alliance are Crooked crooks same for nit paying the insured people. True David and Goliath. they thought the lies woold win for them. This is not the 1st time I have heard that they have oroblems paying after a accident.

Chipo - 6 November 2013

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