Saad v Volvo Finance Australia Pty Ltd [2020] NSWCA 282 (11 November 2020) (Basten JA at [1]; Payne JA at [57]; Simpson AJA at [58])


Catchwords:


TORTS – detinue and conversion – property comprising four commercial trucks with trailers – claim for possession by financier – operating company in liquidation – vehicles disappeared – vehicles discovered in secluded location – whether defendant had possession, control or dominion of vehicles

APPEALS – challenge to findings of fact – credibility of witnesses – basis for interfering with adverse credibility findings – admissions against interest – use of aerial photography to locate vehicles – all vehicles together – defendant’s admission of control of one vehicle – defendant’s offer to deliver all five vehicles for a fee or purchase vehicles