THE fraud trial of attorney Michael Randell is expected to proceed in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court today, after he failed in his bid to have the charges against him dropped.
Randell's defence team had asked the court to compel the prosecution to declare further particulars with relation to the charge sheet, or alternatively, to dismiss the charge against him.
Advocate Johan Wessels, instructed by Danie Oelofse, brought the application on the basis that the charge sheet was "vague" and therefore hindered the defence from preparing for trial. He said at this stage his client was unable to plead to the charge of fraud.
In addition, Wessels said there was a page missing from the trust deed relating to the sale of a school property, which is at the centre of the fraud allegation. Randell is accused of defrauding Greenwood Primary School out of R2.5-million while serving on the school's governing body between 1999 and 2006.
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