State withdraws opposition, accused cop gets bail

2013-10-29 00:00

THE state capitulated yesterday and withdrew its opposition to bail being granted to a 45-year-old police warrant officer facing charges of rape, attempted murder and robbery.

Pietermaritzburg magistrate Ashin Singh granted the policeman bail of R2 500 on condition that he remains under strict house arrest and may not possess any firearms. He was also ordered to hand in his travel documents.

In terms of the court order, he may not leave his home except to undergo treatment for his mental health, and for the purposes of the disciplinary proceedings he faces.

His advocate Brad Osborne said the officer has been suspended but they hoped to have him reinstated at work.

Singh said if he is reinstated the defence will have to bring an application to amend the bail conditions to allow him to return to work.

However, in that case they would also have to convince the court that he was mentally fit to do so.

The court has heard evidence that the officer is mentally “fragile” and is scheduled to undergo treatment.

The state initially submitted that the policeman might pose a threat to the alleged rape victim.

However, the defence pointed out that he had been aware of the charges against him for three months prior to his arrest on October 2.

The case was postponed to November 29 pending further investigation.

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