‘Arrogant, evil’ McBride gets five years

2011-09-08 13:36

Former Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride has been effectively sentenced to five years in jail.

McBride was found guilty in April of being drunk when he crashed his state car on the R511, near Hartbeestpoort Dam, after a Christmas party in 2006. He was also convicted of defeating the ends of justice and was acquitted on a count of fraud.

Magistrate Peet Johnson sentenced him to two years for driving under the influence of alcohol and five years for defeating the ends of justice, of which two years were suspended for five years.

Johnson slammed McBride by saying he had an over-inflated ego and a total disregard for the law, Eyewitness News reported.

He added that McBride was arrogant, abused his position as Metro police chief and was overall an evil man.

» Eyewitness News yesterday reported that McBride had been sentenced to two years effectively. This article has been updated to reflect the correct sentence.

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