Super 14 player to be charged with murder after policeman dies
SuPER 14-winning rugby player Bees Roux has been involved in an incident that left a police officer dead, his Blue Bulls team said yesterday.
The 28-year-old prop from South africa is in custody at the Sunnyside police station in Pretoria, just blocks from Loftus Versfeld where some of his team-mates will play for South africa in today’s Tri-Nations test against australia. The Blue Bulls said they had no more information about the events involving Roux, who also plays for the Bulls, winners of the 2010 Super 14 rugby competition.
“It has come to the Blue Bulls’ attention that Bees Roux has allegedly been involved in an incident involving a metro policeman last night in Pretoria,” the Blue Bulls said in a statement.
“We do not have any factual information at this stage, but have been informed that the policeman passed away. We are not in a position to make any further comments in this regard.”
Police spokesman Lt col Eugene Opperman said that police pulled over a vehicle in Pretoria early yesterday morning.
“In the altercation that followed a policeman was severely beaten and has died,” Opperman said, adding that a male suspect had been arrested and will be charged with murder.
Police spokeswoman capt katlego Mogale said the suspect will appear at the Hatfield community court on Monday and is then likely to be sent to Pretoria Magistrates court to be charged “because Hatfield does not deal with serious crimes like murder”.
Neither would give the suspect’s name.
Roux’s lawyer, Ernst Serfontein, said he has yet to consult with the player, and was seeking a bail hearing. He declined to give any more details.
Emergency service spokesman chris Botha said paramedics found the critically-injured policeman lying on a street in the Hatfield area of Pretoria, near where Roux is currently being held. The officer died soon after of extensive injuries, Botha said.
“It obviously came as a huge shock to us. We are not allowed to talk about it because anything we say can affect the case,” Blue Bulls spokesman Ian Schwartz said.
“We need to leave it now to the lawyers and the police.”
Bees roux: Being held in Pretoria