The Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court.
NELSPRUIT – A man was granted bail this week after being apprehended on fraud charges, only to be promptly rearrested. Mr Derek Poole was granted bail of R2 000 by the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court, where he appeared on charges of fraud and assault on Tuesday.
The fraud charges are related to complaints levelled against Poole by Mr Victor Pitchers. Lowvelder reported earlier that Poole allegedly defrauded him of approximately R150 000 through a business, Kurger’s Hub, which they ran together.
Poole’s latest court appearance came about after he was granted R5 000 bail by the White River Magistrate’s Court on Monday. He had appeared on charges of fraud after Ms Carol van der Westuizen of GAP Tours laid them against him.
Van der Westhuizen claimed that Poole owed her about R25 000 after she took a tour group of his on safari and was never paid for the service. A warrant for his arrest had been issued in Hazyview, but police had failed to track him down until last week.
Poole was eventually arrested in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on October 29, after police in Skukuza received a tip-off that he was in the park. The police there said he had entered the KNP on a day-visitor’s pass, and it was unclear whether he was there as a tourist or for business, as he was known to have worked as a tour operator in the past. Allegedly, he is presently operating a company, Into the Bush and at the time of his arrest he had been in the park for four days.
Poole was also recently taken into custody on charges of fraud in Midrand, where he was granted R5 000 bail. Ms Diane Head of Hulala Lakeside Lodge and Ms Jenny Reid, a director of IFacts, have also laid charges of theft under false pretences against him. Both cases have been linked to Van der Westhuizen’s one in Hazyview.
Poole’s next court appearances are scheduled for November 25 in Midrand, November 28 in Hazyview and December 5 in Nelspruit.