Maggie Benedict acquitted of theft

By Drum Digital
05 June 2015

The former Generations actress was acquitted of theft on Thursday after she was accused of stealing painkillers in December 2013

Former Generations actress Maggie Benedict was acquitted of theft at the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday after she was accused of stealing painkillers in December 2013.

Sowetan Live reports that the state's circumstantial evidence "failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt" that Benedict had intentionally stolen the painkillers at the Checkers supermarket in Johannesburg's Cresta mall.

The bottle of painkillers was reportedly set off  the security alarms and a search conducted by the security guards materialised an unsealed bottle which Benedict claimed to have bought weeks before.

The Ashes to Ashes actress pleaded not guilty when she first appeared in court and yesterday, at the end of the presiding, the magistrate ruled that Benedict's version of what happened was "not so improbable that it can't be accepted," Sowetan Live reports.

This ruling led to Benedict's acquittal as there was allegedly also no video footage or any eyewitness accounts of the suspected crime.

After the ruling, Benedict allegedly smiled and hugged her lawyer after she left the dock.

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