Officer’s conviction shameful

2017-06-29 06:01

I READ with disbelief and disgust of the arrest and sentencing of a police officer, whose actions have always been exemplary (Officer convicted of murder, sentenced, June 8). I had the privilege of performing duty with Warrant Officer Patrick Gosling and recall complimenting him on his civility and politeness with all members of the public, including arrested criminals.

On one occasion he speedily chased an alleged suspect in the taxi rank, who he quickly apprehended and arrested.

The suspect apologised and thanked him for the arrest. In the not so recent past, Officer Gosling received awards for bravery and service.

The minister of police, who for the first time since 1994, is an experienced, qualified police officer and who was promoted to his rank in accordance with police standing orders, addressed the media, indicating that during dire situations, one must shoot to kill.

Officer Gosling was confronted on two occasions with knifed assailants - knives are more effective at close range.

With a “sleight of the hand”, a knifed attacker can quickly and easily dispose of a victim.

It appears that the South African judiciary seeks to protect the perpetrators of violent and serious crime – so that the police and innocent public must surrender to these murderers and contribute to the increased statistic of murder victims. Both the police and the public demand an answer to why Gosling was not permitted to practise self-defence.

According to the newspaper report, he has been sentenced for 15 years and 10 years, to run concurrently. To those in the “justice” department, how will you react when your life is in danger?

Dr L.J. Peltz

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