Jailbreak: ex-cop has bail reduced

2011-07-26 00:00

A FORMER policeman, who was arrested last week for aiding notorious KwaZulu-Natal fraudster Sipho Msomi in his escape from the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court in 2008, yesterday

successfully applied for a reduction of his bail from R10 000 to R4 000.

Anil Harridave, a court orderly at the time of the escape, was arrested last week, allegedly based on information given to police by Msomi.

Msomi entered into a plea bargain agreement with the state this year in terms of which five years of his 13-year jail sentence were conditionally suspended.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud — defrauding the Education Department of R2 625 794 in April 2007 and the SA Social Security Agency of R1 852 986 in October 2007.

Msomi also pleaded guilty to escaping from police custody on December 9, 2008, with the aid of a police official.

Harridave and former police constable Sihle Njilo are facing charges of corruption, fraud,

defeating the ends of justice and aiding a prisoner to escape,

before regional magistrate Kevin Leat.

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