Man gets R200 000 in damages for wrongful arrest – report

2012-02-27 07:24

A Germiston man has been awarded R200?000 in damages by the South Gaunteng High Court for his wrongful arrest and detention.

Ashwell du Plessis sued the police minister and the national director of public prosecutions after his arrest in 2004 in connection with an armed robbery at Imperial Cargo in Germiston.

In a ruling on Friday, Judge John Campbell said Du Plessis had been an innocent bystander, something that police could have clarified with just one phone call, Beeld reported.

In a separate case on January 31, a former policeman arrested in 2009 was acquitted by the Benoni Magistrates Court after being wrongfully arrested and detained for three years.

Former police sergeant Ignatius le Roux, who was a police informant at the time of his arrest, had been charged with robbery and fraud relating to the possession of alleged false police appointment certificates.

He was refused bail, his marriage collapsed and he lost his job while behind bars.

Beeld reported that Le Roux now alleged that the National Prosecuting Authority deliberately persecuted him.

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