Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Bethlehem: The accused, Paul Marc Sonnekus (37), appeared before the Bethlehem Magistrate Court on Monday; 12 July 2021 facing charges of fraud.

It is alleged that over the period between April 2018 and August 2018, Sonnekus, employed as a farm worker, used his employer’s account to buy goods on several occasions without the farmer’s concern.

The employer was not aware of the unlawful activity on his account, as a result he suffered a total loss of approximately R213 500.00. The matter was then reported to the police and a case was handed over to the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation in Bethlehem for further investigation.

Sonnekus was issued with summons on Thursday; 25 February 2021 to appear in court on Monday; 12 April 2021. He failed to appear in court on the said date and a warrant of arrest was issued by the court which led to the arrest of Sonnekus on Monday; 12 July 2021 and first appearance in court.

The case against Sonnekus has been postponed to Thursday, 29 July 2021 and the accused was released on a R5000 bail.