THE long-awaited fraud trial of attorney Michael Randell was again delayed yesterday, this time after the defence claimed they could not cross-examine a key state witness because he was a former client.
Advocate Johan Wessels told the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court that convicted fraudster Patrick Shelver had been asked to waive his attorney-client privilege, but he had refused to do so.
Wessels said this now left them in a bind.
He said Shelver, who was implicated in the fraud case with Randell, had given instructing attorney Danie Oelofse and himself written instructions on how to proceed with his defence. However, Shelver later terminated their services and opted to plead guilty to the charge.
Wessels said he was in possession of an e-mail from Shelver, indicating he would not waive that privilege.
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