Cash-in-transit box at centre of court battle

An employee from Namibia Protection Services emphatically denies that he caused the loss of a box of cash in transit.

30 July 2019 | Justice

A matter in which Namibia Protection Services is suing a former employee, Michael Humphries, resumed in the High Court yesterday for continuation of trial.

Namibia Protection Services (NPS) is claiming N$282 240.45 from Humphries, which they say was lost due to Humphries's negligence.

In its particulars of claim, NPS says Humphries was employed on 29 May 2017 as the company's southern area manager. It lists all the details of his employment contract, adding that there were certain terms of his employment which had to be met.

According to its papers before court, NPS says that on 4 August 2017, Humphries had conducted a cash-in-transit operation, collecting N$242 420.25 (known as the pick-up) from the NWR /Ai-/Ais Hotsprings Spa and Resort.

He did not provide hourly updates to the Keetmanshoop office and “neglected to take all reasonable steps to deliver the cash-in-transit pick-up to the relevant financial institution”. Instead, NPS says, he drove to Noordoewer “to pick up his girlfriend to provide her with transportation to Keetmanshoop”, in the company car, delaying the entire operation by three hours.

Then, on or around 8 August, the pick-up, containing N$282 240.45 was stolen from the Keetmanshoop office.

NPS says it now owes /Ai-/Ais Hotsprings Spa and Resort the said amount, which its insurer had settled. Thus, Humphries owes N$242 240.45 to NPS.

Alternatively, NPS told the court that should it not find that Humphries was negligent in the performance of his duties in terms of his employment contract, it should find that he in fact stole the amount of N$242 240.45.

NPS asked for payment of the amount, 20% annual interest and costs.

Humphries, through his counsel Trevor Brockerhoff, filed a motion on intention to defend the matter and in March of this year, filed his witness statement in defence of the charges made by NPS.

He told the court that he had indeed departed for Hobas Camp and /Ai-/Ais Hotsprings Spa and Resort on 4 August, adding that it is part of his duties to deliver security guards to and from /Ai-/Ais as well as Noordoewer for rotation purposes.

At Hobas Camp he was informed that the system was offline and the money could not be released but did collect the pick-up at /Ai-/Ais. They proceeded to Noordoewer where he refuelled, adding that he “gave a lift to a lady back to Keetmanshoop”.

They arrived at around 17:00 that Friday afternoon, and he told the court it was his weekend off. He locked the cash in the office safe, he said.

The next morning he called and since the office was understaffed, they told him they could not make the deposit that Saturday.

On Monday, a colleague denied that she had any knowledge of the money in the safe, but Humphries says she put the box next to the safe, adding that the money would be deposited by 14:00 that afternoon. Humphries told the court he ran several work errands that afternoon and when he returned to the office on the morning of 8 August, he discovered it had been broken into.

The trial continues before Judge Orben Sibeya. Jacobus Visser appears for NPS.





YANNA SMITH

Similar News

 

Facebook post leads to N$100 000 lawsuit

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Justice

A public Facebook post criticising the professional conduct of a Mariental doctor is at the centre of a N$100 000 defamation suit filed at the...

Prison authorities face fresh N$900 000 lawsuit

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Justice

JANA-MARI SMITH Court-ordered mediation related to a N$900 000 lawsuit brought by a Windhoek prisoner in April stalled this month after...

SA firm sues Nantu for N$600k

3 days ago - 15 August 2019 | Justice

The Namibia National Teachers' Union (Nantu) is being sued for N$593 982 by a South African marketing firm in terms of an advertising agreement entered...

Etalululo lyiipotha yuulunga wiimuna

4 days ago - 14 August 2019 | Justice

Egeelo lyoomwedhi 18 modholongo omolwa uulunga wiikombo itatu yongushu yooN$2 400 otali ka lelepekwa noomwedhi hamano konima sho egeelo ndyoka lya monika kutya olya li...

Stock theft in spotlight

5 days ago - 13 August 2019 | Justice

An 18-month jail sentence for the theft of three goats valued at N$2 400 will be increased by at least six months after the man's...

Panga killer found guilty

5 days ago - 13 August 2019 | Justice

JANA-MARI SMITHA young man who hacked his sleeping father to death with a panga in 2016, and then buried the body in a shallow grave,...

Sewerage tussle spills over

1 week ago - 09 August 2019 | Justice

Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) and Windhoek municipality representatives are to continue negotiations in September to resolve a close to N$4 million lawsuit brought by NBL...

Woman accuses police of torture

1 week ago - 09 August 2019 | Justice

A Windhoek woman has filed a N$100 000 lawsuit against the government and the police line ministry for the trauma and shock she allegedly suffered...

Killer sues for N$3.5m

1 week ago - 07 August 2019 | Justice

A man who is serving two life sentences for killing his son and daughter 10 years ago, is suing the correctional services and the safety...

Van Wyk asks for child rape conviction

1 week ago - 06 August 2019 | Justice

Jeremiah van Wyk, 50, yesterday pleaded guilty to one charge of rape, one of abduction and an alternative charge of kidnapping in the Katutura Magistrate's...

Latest News

Best July in four years

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Economics

Jo-Maré Duddy – July’s food inflation data contain sweet and sour, but mostly sweet ingredients: The overall figure of 3.7% is the mildest so far...

The underexplored gold mine of...

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Business

Aurelia DavidPublic relations (PR) is a function of many facets and PR practitioners are expected to evolve along with the different technologies that they require...

Leading IT innovation

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Business

Mariselle Stofberg Vincent Weyulu is a picture of determination. At 26 years old has proven that age is just a number when you are determined...

Geingob blitzes Baumgartsbrunn

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Government

The Christmas Eve-like excitement of the Baumgartsbrunn community was abruptly cut short yesterday when President Geingob spent minutes with them. The purpose of this...

Facebook post leads to N$100...

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Justice

A public Facebook post criticising the professional conduct of a Mariental doctor is at the centre of a N$100 000 defamation suit filed at the...

New plot saga at Omuthiya

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Government

Omuthiya deputy mayor Hisikiel Nanyeni, who previously served as the town's mayor, is being accused of allocating himself a residential plot at Extension Five in...

Africa Briefs

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Economics

South Africa yesterday announced visa waivers for four countries in a bid to boost tourism amid an economic crisis and falling visitor numbers.Visitors from Qatar,...

An agent fighting against financial...

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Business

Over the last few decades financial crime has increasingly become a concern to financial institutions. It has become widely recognised that the prevalence of economically...

Engineering sparks Kahima

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Business

Elizabeth JosephSarah Kahima’s choice of pursuing a degree in electrical engineering has a lot to do with what sparked an interest In her while she...

Load More