Praise for egg-cel­lent work

Graaff-Reinet cop first in SA to lift prints off eggshell

Daily Dispatch - - News - By MALIBONGWE DAYIMANI

AGRAAFF-REINET po­lice fin­ger­print ex­pert who be­came the first of­fi­cer in the coun­try to lift fin­ger­prints from an eggshell lead­ing to the pos­i­tive iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of a sus­pect, re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion from na­tional and pro­vin­cial po­lice top brass this week.

The work of Con­sta­ble Jo­han Theron from the Graaff-Reinet po­lice clus­ter was com­mended by the na­tional head of crim­i­nal record and crime scene man­age­ment Ma­jor Gen­eral Le­setja Man­gale at the di­vi­sion’s awards cer­e­mony at Mpekweni Re­sort yes­ter­day.

Theron won sec­ond prize in the Crime Scene Ex­pert (LCRC) of The Year cat­e­gory.

“This prov­ince con­tin­ues to break new ground and of­fi­cers con­tinue to go the ex­tra mile in their work. We salute you for that,” said Man­gele.

An­other first for the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to Man­gele, was the work done by an East London de­tec­tive who lifted fin­ger­prints from re­mains of a skinned cow.

Com­ment­ing on the side­lines of the event, East­ern Cape pro­vin­cial po­lice spokes­woman Colonel Si­bongile Soci said if it were not for Theron’s work, the sus­pect would not have been found and ar­rested.

The sus­pect left his fin­ger­prints on the eggshell after break­ing into a Mur­rays­burg house in Graaff-Reinet where he pre­pared him­self break­fast be­fore flee­ing with his loot. the

Theron said he pro­cessed the eggshell on the scene and took pho­tos be­fore send­ing them to the lab.

War­rant Of­fi­cer JJ Schoe­man from the Mid­dle­burg crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit then ran the fin­ger­prints in the data­base and linked the sus­pect to the scene.

Schoe­man walked away with the Au­to­mated Fin­ger­print Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem Ex­pert of the Year award. — mal­i­bong­wed@dis­patch.

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TOP SALUTE: Jo­han Theron, 28, cen­tre, from the Graaff-Reinet po­lice clus­ter, re­ceived a sec­ond prize in the Crime Scene Ex­pert (LCRC) of The Year cat­e­gory after lift­ing fin­ger­prints from an egg shell, in­set, which led to the con­vic­tion of a sus­pect

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