‘Bo­gus lawyer’ in the dock

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AN AL­LEGED bo­gus lawyer who spun le­gal anal­y­sis for news or­gan­i­sa­tions for years is to be pros­e­cuted for fraud in­volv­ing more than R500 000. Brenda War­dle was de­nied bail in the Port El­iz­a­beth Com­mer­cial Crime Court on Mon­day. The so-called le­gal an­a­lyst and au­thor War­dle, 56, was ar­rested in East Lon­don last month af­ter evad­ing court for more than a year. She shot to fame when she pro­vided in­ter­na­tional le­gal anal­y­sis on the mur­der trial of Par­a­lympian Os­car Pis­to­rius. She also ap­peared on the SABC and BBC TV, pro­vid­ing le­gal anal­y­sis to view­ers. On her Face­book pro­file, she boasts that she wrote a num­ber of books on court cases, which in­cluded Bri­tish busi­ness­man Shrien De­wani, the le­gal tri­als and tribu­la­tions of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, the State verses Czech fugi­tive Radovan Kre­j­cir and a book on the State’s case against Pis­to­rius. The State claims that in 2009 and 2013, War­dle was paid R538 766 to as­sist Stephanus van Aardt for his early re­lease on pa­role. The State al­leges that War­dle pre­tended to be an at­tor­ney, but could not bring an ap­pli­ca­tion for Van Aardt’s early re­lease. Van Aardt, a dairy farmer in Som­er­set East, East­ern Cape, was also not el­i­gi­ble for pa­role. In 2007, Van Aardt was con­victed of mur­der and sen­tenced to 12 years’ im­pris­on­ment for the as­sault and death of 15-year-old Eliot Maga­bane in 2006. The case against War­dle was post­poned to July 27. – ANA

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