Bond family ‘harassed’

2016-05-03 12:37

The grieving family of Nadia Bond, the little girl who was killed by an alleged drunk driver last September, believe they are being victimised by the police. Meanwhile the criminal case is dragging on due to what they allege to be substandard investigation by the Kraaifontein police.

In a desperate attempt for justice, Nadia’s father, John Bond, last week again turned to social media after another incident of alleged police intimidation against his family.
Midnight visit very suspect

On Thursday night at about midnight two constables from the Kraaifontein police station arrived at their door to supposedly serve him with “papers” relating to a case that Piet Gysman, the father of the alleged drunk driver Bradley Gysman, had made against him.
“When I asked what it was about, I was told to phone a Colonel Vlok at the Kraaifontein police station. They got him on the line and when I asked why he sent the constables to my house in the middle of the night, he asked to speak to one of the two constables,” says Bond.
“After the one policeman finished this conversation outside, they said they would come back in the morning as they had the ‘wrong’ papers. I insisted to see the document and demanded to know what it was about. However, they refused to show it to me and said nothing, indicating to me that the only reason they came to our home was to harass us.”
To date the police have not been back to the Bond house.

According to Bond this was the second incident of its kind, the first being in January when four officers of the Kuils River Police Station arrived at his house at 02:00 in the morning for him to sign a warning to appear in court on a counter charge made against him by Piet Gysman.
“I found it very suspect that they had to come knock on our door and wake us up at two in the morning for this,” says Bond.
On 24 November 2015, Bond laid a charge against Piet Gysman for allegedly assaulting him and threatening his life outside the Kuils River Court, where Bradley appeared on the day. Bond says this incident took place in front of several witnesses and was recorded on video.
“Eventually they (Kuils River police) took a statement from my wife on 14 January, nearly two months later. I even provided them with video evidence ...” he stated on a Facebook post, and later confirmed in person to TygerBurger.

Still nothing five months later
“Five months later I have still heard nothing about the progress on this case even after enquiring from the Kuils River detectives and the state prosecutor. Yet, when Gysman laid a complete and utterly false counter charge I get knocked up at two in the morning by four policemen. What sense does this make and what does it leave me to believe?” he said to TygerBurger on Monday morning.
On his Facebook page he posted the following and made a call to the wider public and media to help him and his family to expose this lack of justice:
“A family grieving the murder (sic) of an eight-year-old little girl became the victims of intimidation by the very force who are mandated to serve and protect. I have no doubt that our lives are in danger yet our constitutional rights are being violated.”

Bond says he reported the incident to the police, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Western Cape government the very next day.
“I even left an urgent message for station commander, Brigadier Gerda Van Niekerk, who until now has not phoned me back,” he says.
“I want to know who sent them to my house in the middle of the night to harass my family and leave my wife in tears. Who gave the orders and why?”

On his Facebook post he claims he had been warned by several residents months ago to “watch his back as the Gysmans had friends in the police”. The Gysmans’ attorney, BCM Muller, denies this, saying it was nonsense.

Bond however, believes it to be true after the latest incident and in the absence of any other explanation.
Believing the Kraaifontein police to have bungled the investigation, the Bond family in March appealed to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to review the investigation, with a view to change the charges from culpable homicide to murder, based on the dolus eventualis rule of intent.

Bond says they have had no access to the investigation into their daughter’s death. “None of our questions are being answered and we have been refused access to our child’s medical and pathology report. I personally saw my daughter’s injuries and this can have bearing on the criminal case. I need to ensure that this was reflected correctly. I have requested this information several times but have been denied this. Why? “This was my child who died and I have the right to know the status of the investigation. We have many questions that remain unanswered”.

A witness statement pertaining to the behaviour of Bradley Gysman has also not been taken down by the police as yet.
“According to this witness who lives in the area, he had on prior occasions before Nadia’s death warned the accused to stop racing down the very same road on which my daughter was killed, lest someone gets hurt. I informed the police about this witness and provided them with contact details. They never took down this statement.”
The case was postponed to 24 May, while Gysman is out on bail of R2000 on charges of culpable homicide, drunk and negligent driving and driving without a licence.
Lieutenant Colonel André Traut, spokesperson for the provincial police, said the above allegations are being investigated.
Muller, declined to make further comment.

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