Ok the short version is I have a pending court case in which I am sueing someone. This person was a used vehicle broker and basically took my 4x4 and i never saw the money. I eventually reported it stolen and when they hauled the person in it was only then when I found out the location of the 4x4 (in pieces and blown engine...). The criminal proceedings i instigated never secured a conviction as its very hard to prove intent to steal.
So I started civil proceedings to recover the monetry value of the vehicle i have lost.
I have crucual evidence in the form of sms's from this persons contract number where they told me car was sold, money had been deposited etc etc etc.
My question is this:
1)How do I certify that the sms's that are still on my simm card are real? Would we have to call a expert witness to say they cant be fiddled?
2) Is it possible to even 'send' yourself sms's and make them appear from a certain muber/time/date etc?
3) Would Vodacom keep records of sms's?
Any advice would be appreciated as this seems its going to be a test case for the inclusion of sms's as evidence.