PMB: Hilton Rotary head in court after police raid

2008-04-03 00:00

Hilton and Howick Rotary head Rick Baratta (77) briefly appeared in a district court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday in connection with charges of housebreaking and theft. The case was postponed to July 9.

Baratta’s home was raided on February 26 by police acting on a tip-off that narcotics and illegal firearms were kept there. Police later confirmed that all firearms they found were legal. Baratta told The Witness at the time that he believed a woman who laid criminal charges against him was behind the raid.

Baratta and his wife Elisabeth are recognised internationally for their involvement in Rotary and community alleviation programmes such as the Sweetwaters Quilt Guild.

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