Cop’s case deferred
The police officer stationed at Evander is accused of releasing a crime suspect unlawfully
THE case against a 37-year-old police officer accused of unlawfully releasing a crime suspect has been postponed to January 8 for further investigation.
The police sergeant, stationed at Evander in the Mpumalanga Highveld, was not asked to plead when he appeared in the Evander Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
The officer, who is facing a charge of defeating the ends of justice, was arrested last week after he was allegedly positively linked to the unlawful release of a female suspect who was arrested for theft.
“He found himself in hot water on Friday after a suspect who had been arrested for theft was apparently released even though the court recommended that she must stay in custody.
“Last week, the Evander Magistrate’s Court ruled that the suspect must be remanded in custody pending her next court appearance on Wednesday,” Brig Leonard Hlathi said.
Hlathi said the police officer ignored the court’s instruction and released the suspect on a warning which is a gross violation of the law.
He said when other officers realised that the suspect was released unlawfully they reported the matter and an investigation was launched that led to the police officer’s arrest.
Mpumalanga provincial commissioner Lt-Gen Bethuel Zuma has cautioned members to always adhere to the prescripts of the law.
Hlathi said an internal investigation against the police officer was also under way.
PROBED: A police officer, stationed in Evander, stands accused of releasing a fraud suspect unlawfully.