Mountain Rise cop to stand trial in high court for wife’s murder

2011-02-16 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG police officer Morne Croeser (34) will stand trial in the high court between August 29 and September 6 for the murder of his wife, Erika.

Croeser was indicted to appear in the high court when he made another brief appearance in the magistrate’s court in New Hanover yesterday.

The indictment alleges that Croeser — a member of the Mountain Rise police dog unit at the time — and his wife had been experiencing marital discord for some time.

She was employed as an eco-tourist co-ordinator at Msinsi Reserve, Albert Fall, where the couple lived.

The state alleges that some time before August 28 last year Croeser decided to kill Erika.

On the evening of Friday August 27, they went to a local pub, Amble Inn, near their home. They left at about 1 am and returned home.

When they arrived, Croeser allegedly stabbed Erika “at least 14 times” and then stabbed himself in the stomach in an effort to bolster his “concocted” explanation that an intruder had attacked them.

He raised an alarm which alerted the neighbours, who contacted the police. Erika Croeser died at the scene of “multiple penetrating incised wounds”.

During his successful bail application last week, Croeser admitted having assaulted his wife during January 2010; that he had been unfaithful to his wife and that he had “more than one” affair.

He also admitted that he was involved in a relationship with his current girlfriend, a Ms Sinclair, at the time of the murder.

Croeser intends to plead not guilty to Erika’s murder. He was released on bail of R5 000.

Croeser has been temporarily transferred from the dog unit where a number of state witnes­ses are also deployed.

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