Bees Roux avoids jail in plea deal

2011-09-09 17:00
Pretoria - Blue Bulls rugby player Bees Roux pleaded guilty to a charge of culpable homicide on Friday, and will pay R750 000 to the victim's family. His five-year sentence was wholly suspended.

Roux had been charged with murder after allegedly beating Metro police officer Sergeant Ntshimane Johannes Mogale, 38, to death in August last year.

The incident took place after Mogale apparently pulled Roux over for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

Roux said in an affidavit placed before court during his bail application he had assaulted Mogale while defending himself against theft and attempted robbery by Mogale and would plead not guilty to a murder charge.

Earlier, Judge Nomonde Mngqibisa-Thusi stood the case down until 14:00 by consent between the State and defence, saying negotiations were "in the final stages".

None of the parties had been willing to confirm that their negotiations included a possible plea bargain agreement.

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