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Cop in court over uniforms

2012-04-05 15:32

Cape Town - Police captain Esmeralda Bailey appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Cape Town on Thursday, on eight charges including corruption.

Bailey was allegedly caught in a police trap illegally selling police uniforms, firearms and ammunition.

She faces charges of corruption, possession of ammunition and drugs, as well as five counts of defeating the ends of justice.

According to the charge sheet, the Western Cape Directorate for Public Prosecutions (DPP) authorised a police trap in which an undercover police official allegedly paid her R4 500 for a tog bag containing a police cap and a reflector jacket, a pair of police socks, a police shirt, two pairs of police trousers and ammunition.

On the corruption charge she is alleged to have received the R4 500 "gratification".

She appeared before Magistrate Amrith Chabillal, who warned her to appear again on 5 May.

This was after her attorney William Booth said prosecutor XE Jonas had only just given him the charge sheet and information from the police docket, and he needed time to study the documentation and consult with Bailey.

On stress leave

Bailey’s case was transferred to the commercial court from the Cape Town District Court on the DPP's instructions.

The charge sheet does not at this stage specify what drugs were found in her possession when police raided her Brooklyn home on 9 December last year.

On one count of defeating the ends of justice, she is alleged to have been found in possession of a missing police docket, taken from a member of the police Asset Forfeiture Unit.

She was alleged to have been in possession of unspecified court exhibits that should have been booked in at the Kirstenhof police station.

On the third and fourth charge of defeating the ends of justice, she is alleged to have been in possession of two missing police dockets, one involving an armed robbery and the other a vehicle hijacking and armed robbery case.

She is also alleged to have obtained a cellphone that was an exhibit in a Grassy Park case, on the false pretence that she would download information from the cellphone.

Bailey is attached to the Hawks, and was on stress leave at the time of her arrest in December last year.

Comments
  • Irene - 2012-04-05 15:35

    Remove her from society. We have enough corruption in the government, and this women is supposed to hold down a position of trust.

      Shirley - 2012-04-05 16:16

      I bet if they rooted out all the corrupt cops there would hardly be a police force! But I suppose they are just following their leaders!

  • Morne - 2012-04-05 15:40

    Unbelievable! Stress leave? You probably mean, temporary suspended!

      Frans - 2012-04-05 15:46

      Yeah Morne, temporary suspended with full pay.\We're on the road to nowhere!\

  • Frans - 2012-04-05 15:41

    So Captain Bailey will appear before the two Magistrates who were arrested for robbery, who in turn will appear before Judge Hlope. Sounds good to me.

      Irene - 2012-04-05 15:44

      This country is so sick.

      Ally - 2012-04-05 16:48

      Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. Ha, ha, the joke's on all the honest citizens who still believe in integrity, ethics, morals etc etc dooo-daa dooo-daa day.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-05 15:58

    I cringe at our "worldly'image! FFS-is there NO morality left in this country! This greedy !@#ch is supposed to uphold the law! But of course nobody will give her an "over the top" sentence and make an example-she will get a slap on the wrist!Sickening!

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-04-05 16:14

    ''when I grow up I wanna be a policeman''. It's funny how cool and heroic and faultless they seemed back when one was 7 years old.

      Irene - 2012-04-05 16:39

      So true. As a kid one was always taught that if you're in trouble to find a policeman. It's the complete opposite now.

      Ally - 2012-04-05 16:50

      Back when I was 7 they were very scary, baton-wielding men with short-cropped hair and beer boeps. I only wanted to be as far away from them as possible.

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-04-05 16:21

    send her to jail! we don need this type in our force!

      Shirley - 2012-04-05 16:46

      The corrupt warders will probably help her escape like Moyo!

  • Jayson - 2012-04-05 17:17

    Stress leave??????? Trust me, she will be getting a hell of a lot of leave where she is going.

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-04-05 17:32

    Very dangerous to the community at larger.Gov. must ensure that she's losing everything in her name

      Shirley - 2012-04-05 18:09

      We can only dream!

  • scnzama - 2012-04-05 18:47

    who ever said crime does not pay was very dumb

      Shirley - 2012-04-05 19:20

      Or he had never been to South Africa!

  • Erich - 2012-04-05 20:31

    This lady saw a great opportunity in selling female police officers' uniforms in extra large sizes (48+) which were in short supply and now she is paying the price.

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