Waterkloof Four: Christoff Becker parole application dismissed

2014-06-27 11:50

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The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has dismissed an urgent application by one of the Waterkloof Four to reinstate his parole.

Judge Sulet Potterill said today after hearing argument from Christoff Becker and correctional services that she could not find that the matter was urgent.

“The application is removed from the roll,” she said.

Earlier, Gerrit Muller, for Becker, submitted that the matter was urgent because Becker’s right to freedom has been “arbitrarily and unjustifiably infringed”.

He said two warrants for rearrest were issued in February and that Becker had been held unlawfully since then without appearing before a court.

Opposing the application, Marumo Moerane, for the correctional services department, said: “[The department is] not satisfied with why it took him so long to come to court on an urgent basis.

“Even after he had been detained again, he commits an infringement,” he submitted, alleging Becker was found to have a cellphone in his jail cell even though this was forbidden.

On February 16, Becker and Frikkie du Preez were rearrested after footage emerged of them allegedly drinking alcohol and using a cellphone inside their cells at the Kgosi Mampuru Central Correctional Centre in Pretoria.

The video, reportedly taken on a cellphone, was posted on YouTube. It showed Du Preez and Becker drinking what appeared to be alcohol, and using a cellphone in prison.

Earlier in February, Becker, Du Preez, Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt were released after being jailed for beating a homeless man to death in Pretoria in 2001.

Becker (27) said in court papers that his rearrest in February, five days after being released on parole, was for nonsensical reasons.

He wanted the parole board to set aside the decision to revoke his parole, to be moved back to Pretoria from Kokstad prison, and to be released on parole on the same conditions as in February.

Becker also sought to have his rearrest and detention declared unlawful, and for the department to pay his legal bill.

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