Skelm to wait for bail



October 12, 2016
Skelm to wait for bail

BUST: Portia Goodwin

Convicted fraudster will enter bail bid next week but prosecutors will oppose it.

“Dik Skelm” Portia Goodwin will launch her bid for freedom next week following her latest arrest for duping an unsuspecting garage worker into buying invalid shopping vouchers.

Goodwin made a brief appearance at Wynberg Magistrates’ Court yesterday on fraud charges.

The 32-year-old was nabbed by Diep River Police last Wednesday just hours after she allegedly conned an employee at an Engen garage into paying her R600 for an invalid Pick n Pay Voucher.

A calm-looking Goodwin stood quietly before Magistrate M Kgorane where a legal aid lawyer came on record for her defence.

Dressed in the same grey track pants and too small green jersey she wore on Friday in court, the mother of one scanned the gallery in the hope of spotting a familiar face but found none.

Prosecutors said they would be opposing bail.

Last week the court heard how Correctional Services officials were investigating the accused for violating the terms of her parole following an 18-month house arrest on similar chargers.

Goodwin was last month also arrested after she allegedly conned a teller at a Caltex garage in Rondebosch out of R2 000 for a Pick n Pay voucher.

The matter was set aside because prosecutors couldn’t make out a cop’s untidy handwriting.

Goodwin is due back in court on October 19 for a formal bail application.

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