Chanelle accused in court over docket

2011-12-09 13:11
Pretoria - The suspended Pretoria police officer arrested in connection with the Faerie Glen drive-by shooting of Chanelle Henning was back in court on separate charges, the Pretoria News reported on Friday.

Gerhardus du Plessis appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Thursday for corruption, relating to stolen docket, and was represented by a Legal Aid Board lawyer, Donald du Plessis.

His previous lawyer withdrew from the case during his last appearance in November.

Plea bargain

The court heard that Du Plessis, 34, who also faces separate charges of conspiracy to murder, murder and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, had abandoned his bail application in the Henning murder case and was engaged in plea bargain negotiations.

The corruption and murder cases are not related.

His lawyer said it would be pointless to reinstate bail on the corruption case as his client was currently being held at the Garsfontein police station for the murder charges.

Following a request by Donald du Plessis, the court agreed the State should refund Gerhardus's brother who had paid the R2 000 bail.

The court also agreed to combine the corruption charges with the other charges.

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