Cop’s case de­ferred

The po­lice of­fi­cer sta­tioned at Evan­der is ac­cused of re­leas­ing a crime sus­pect un­law­fully

The New Age (Gauteng) - - MPUMALANGA NEWS - MA­SOKA DUBE prov­inces@the­newage.co,za

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.

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