Lazarus & Barnard trial: Car dealer accused of stealing money

Car dealer Jan Venter told the court he believed Hein Barnard stole the money.

FILE: Advocate Estelle Kilian put it to the witness, car dealer Jan Venter, that there was R30,000 missing when the secret account was audited. Picture: SAPS.

PRETORIA - The defence team of two crime intelligence officers facing charges of corruption has accused the state's first witness of stealing funds from a secret account.

The unit's former chief financial officer and subordinate Hein Barnard are accused of channelling funds to a secret account, which they then used to buy several cars.

The pair faces charges of theft, fraud and corruption; they have pleaded not guilty to all counts.

Advocate Estelle Kilian put it to the witness, car dealer Jan Venter, that there was R30,000 missing when the secret account was audited.

She suggests that the money was withdrawn from the account in the period he claims he had stopped taking instruction from her client, Barnard.

But Venter insists that he only moved money from the account on Barnard's instructions.

Kilian further put it to the witness that Barnard and Solly Lazarus face charges in relation to about R350,000 but there was in excess of R1 million in the account.

Venter told the court that he believes Barnard stole the money.