On the fourth day of Meghan Cremer’s murder trial in Cape Town, the state called Abraham Fransman, a resident of the Egoli informal settlement near the farm where the enthusiastic rider had rented a cottage.
Fransman was caught on CCTV footage attempting to withdraw money from Cremer’s bank account the day after her murder.
Cremer, 29, disappeared after 5pm on Saturday August 3, 2019 when the state < span>Jeremy Sias, a farmhand at the time, entered her hut, strangled her and disposed of her body nearby. Sias then drove around in Cremer’s car with his friends, partying at nearby locations.
Fransman testified that on Sunday, August 4, at 2 a.m., Sias came to his place of work and tried to sell him Cremer’s white Toyota Auris.
“I told him that if he didn’t have the ‘papers’ for the vehicle, he wouldn’t get much money for it. Sias replied that he didn’t care, he just wanted to get rid of the car,” Fransman said.
He referred Sias to a neighbor, Charles Daniels, who he said might know people who would Vehicle would sell too. Daniels was caught by police on August 8th in possession of the car with a friend, Shiraaj Jaftha.
At 1pm on August 4th, Sias gave Fransman a bank card and PIN code and asked him to to withdraw money. Fransman was caught on camera later that day attempting to withdraw money from Cremer’s account.
Fransman said he has helped many people in the community and retirees who have asked him to do so with theirs ATM withdrawing money. However, this was the first time Sias had asked him to withdraw cash for him.
Cross-examination by Sias’ attorney, Bashir Sibda, alleged that Daniels had referred Sias to Fransman as he was the right man to do it you wanted to sell a vehicle. Fransman denied this.
“Wasn’t it strange that Sias contacted you at the time to sell a car he had received that day?” asked Sibda.
“It was strange,” Fransman replied. “But I didn’t suspect him because he’s not that kind of boy.”
“I told you that when the car was brought to you, you knew it was a stolen car and you knew knew it was cards being stolen when withdrawing money from them,” Sibda said.
“No, I didn’t think Sias was the guy who could steal a vehicle. It was strange that he had such a nice car, but I couldn’t judge him. I trusted Sias. I’m not saying I’m a good person, but I’m speaking the truth. I didn’t think Sias stole anything,” Fransman said.
The case continues.
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