‘Traumatised’ cop wants counselling

2014-01-16 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG police constable Siboniso Charles Mkhize (29) says he is traumatised and needs counselling after the “accidental” shooting of his girlfriend, Lindsay Draai, on Friday night.

Mkhize is applying for bail before Pietermaritzburg magistrate Ashin Singh.

On realising that his application couldn’t be completed yesterday and he’d have to spend another night in custody, Mkhize leaned his head backwards and shut his eyes in apparent frustration.

Prosecutor Rene Padayachee said she had been told by the investigating officer that the state is no longer opposed to Mkhize being granted bail.

However, she was still awaiting a copy of the officer’s affidavit giving the reasons for her views, which is required by the court. “Apparently there are no grounds to oppose bail. He [Mkhize] is not considered to be a flight risk,” Padayachee said.

In his affidavit, handed to court by his attorney Phumlani Fakude yesterday, Mkhize said that after the “incident”, he immediately put Draai into his car and rushed her to hospital. “I am traumatised over this incident. I need counselling,” he added.

Mkhize also said that he intends to plead not guilty to the charges he is facing, which are murder (alternatively culpable homicide) and illegally discharging a firearm in a built-up area. “This was accidental. I had no intention to kill the deceased [Draai],” he said.

As reported previously, Draai was killed when Mkhize apparently took out his service pistol to compare it to one shown on the TV soap Generations.

At a later stage in the affidavit he said, “I know I am innocent.” Mkhize said he is not a flight risk, adding that after the shooting he immediately handed himself over to police after taking Draai to hospital. He also stated that he has a “good relationship” with Draai’s family and wants to offer to help towards her funeral.

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