Top sleuth slams accusers over trial delay
CONTROVERSIAL forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan called those he suspected of fabricating charges against him “criminals with badges and clowns with gowns”, running the criminal justice system after his case was postponed again for incomplete investigations.
Yesterday, O’Sullivan and his legal adviser Sarah-Jane Trent appeared at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court to face charges of fraud, intimidation and extortion.
They were joined by Ipid (Independent Police Investigative Directorate) officials Mandlakayise Mahlangu and Temane Binang, who are accused of alleged involvement in the investigation into suspended Acting Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane.
Trent, who is out on R5 000 bail, is also accused of posing as an Ipid official during investigations into Phahlane.
Trent said the charges against her were “trumped-up” and described her arrest as traumatic as she was driven around in the back of a police van for hours; her cellphone was taken and information was downloaded illegally before she was taken to Kameeldrift Police Station.
O’Sullivan was later arrested on the same charges as Trent despite an earlier court order that he had to be given 48 hours notice to hand himself to the police should there be a warrant for his arrest.
After the State requested the court to postpone the appearance until November 8, Nico Botha, representing Mahlangu and Binang, advised the magistrate to allow the postponement given that the State would not request further postponements as the case against his clients had been going on for months since their first court appearance on May 30.
Botha said since the State had been “dragging its feet” to complete investigations, which include downloading data from O’Sullivan’s cellphone, the court should strike the case off the roll if not ready to start trial by November.
O’Sullivan, who exited the court in a rush, said there was no investigation and there had been none. “In December we will have a new president and I hope the first step he will take is to reorganise the police and the criminal justice system.”
He said if the State did not complete what it needed to do to commence with trial by November 8, legal steps would be taken to have the matter withdrawn from the roll.
O’Sullivan said he thought that by the time the State was ready to put him on trial, Phahlane would be in jail. O’Sullivan believes Phahlane was behind his arrest.
The concerned public will now wait for the next appearance to see if the State had completed its investigation or risk seeing the case struck off the roll.
Paul O’Sullivan yesterday disparaged his accusers after his case was postponed over incomplete investigations.