Su­per 14 player to be charged with murder af­ter po­lice­man dies

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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

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