A string of Port Elizabeth men who allegedly helped suspected perlemoen boss Julian Brown build up a multimillion-rand poaching enterprise, allegedly lining their own pockets in the process, will now have to testify against their former employer.
The men – identified in the latest set of court documents – allegedly each had a specific role to play, from fishing, to processing and packaging, to ultimately shipping the product.
In addition, the prosecution revealed that Brown, 32, would now face a charge of money-laundering in relation to the purchase of a Ferrari worth R1.9-million.
Brown and his co-accused – Eugene “Boesman” Victor, 33, and Brandon Turner, 38 – appeared briefly in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court yesterday, where their matter was transferred to the Port Elizabeth High Court.
A pre-trial conference will take place on April 18, after which a trial date will be set.
Brown, of Jeffreys Bay, is accused of heading the enterprise alongside Victor and Turner, allegedly his right-hand men.
The charges they face include racketeering.
Victor was rearrested last week for failing to report to the police station when required and for being caught out and about when he should have been under house arrest, as per his bail conditions.
Victor spent several days in custody before pleading guilty yesterday to breaching bail conditions.
He received a suspended sentence of six months in prison.
In asking for the suspended sanction, Victor’s attorney, Danie Gouws, told the court that his weighty client – who tips the scales at close to 140kg – had been punished enough, with police even making him walk the uphill route from the North End court to the Mount Road police station due to a shortage of vehicles.