Advocate ‘stole CCTV hard drive’

2010-11-06 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG advocate has landed in hot water over allegations that she was behind the theft of the hard drive from the CCTV surveillance system at the advocate’s chambers last Saturday.

The woman advocate, whose name is known to Weekend Witness, has been called to appear before a disciplinary committee of the Pietermaritzburg bar to answer to charges that her conduct is “unprofessional, disgraceful and unbecoming of an advocate”.

Allegations that she was behind the theft sent local advocates into a spin yesterday and resulted in an urgent meeting of the bar committee, which resolved to institute immediate disciplinary proceedings against her.

It is alleged that on Friday last week she instructed an employee of a local surveillance systems company (whose name is also known to WeekendWitness) to remove the hard drive from the computer linked to the security surveillance system and replace it with a new one, and to pretend to the guard on duty that he had been authorised by advocate V. N. Naidoo to do so.

It is alleged the actions of the technician amounted to “theft by false pretences, alternatively fraud” to which the advocate is said to be an accomplice.

It is alleged further that she is guilty of having incited him to commit the offences.

Weekend Witness learned that the culprit, whose photograph was snapped by the CCTV system as he left the advocates chambers, did not come forward of his own volition, but was traced by the police.

He has since co-operated with the investigation and via his attorney, made an affidavit naming the advocate who allegedly sent him.

He is facing a criminal charge of theft.

The motive for the theft of the CCTV hard drive remains unclear.

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