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A probation officer has drawn criticism from the Bellville regional court for suggesting correctional supervision for a man who sold flavoured industrial cleaning spirits as cheap liquor.
Johan van der Heever, who is the former owner of Jumbo Liquors' Bellville and Bothasig outlets, and his co-accused, Dan Padowitz, the former owner of Bebida Distillers, are to be sentenced next year for fraud.
Their trial started nearly 10 years ago, grabbing news headlines with countrywide police raids as part of an investigation into the sale of industrial spirits disguised in liquor outlets as cheap brands of brandy, whisky, cane spirits, vodka, gin, schnapps and aperitif.
The case started on December 22 1999 before former magistrate Andre le Grange, who has since been appointed a judge in the Cape high court.
The case has since been passed on to regional court magistrate Johan Vermaak who, after studying the court record, yesterday confirmed both men's fraud conviction and postponed the case to December 12 this year for closing argument before sentencing.
Vermaak scheduled the passing of sentence for January 21 next year. At yesterday's proceedings probation official Thulisile Ngwenya recommended that Van der Heever be given a suspended jail sentence because he was his pre-adolescent son's primary caregiver.
She was questioned intensely by prosecutor Louis van Wyk, who said her consultations with Van der Heever had focused more on his personal circumstances than on the gravity of the fraud.
Ngwenya said her motivation for recommending house arrest rather than jail was the fact that Van der Heever had also shown remorse.
She said: "He will not benefit from a jail sentence. He will lose his job and chances are he will continue with crime on his release." - Sapa