Hawks captain set for corruption trial

2012-10-24 10:58
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Cape Town - Hawks Captain Esmeralda Bailey will go on trial for corruption in April, according to a report on Wednesday.

The Daily Voice reported that Bailey, 44, made a brief appearance at the Bellville Commercial Crime Court in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The National Prosecuting Authority confirmed she was fit to stand trial despite apparently suffering from bipolar disorder and agoraphobia, a fear of being helpless in an embarrassing or inescapable situation.

Bailey faces a count of corruption, one of possession of illegal ammunition, one of possession or use of the drug tik, and five of defeating the ends of justice.

She was allegedly paid R4 500 by an undercover police officer for a bag containing a police cap, a reflector jacket, a pair of police socks, a police shirt, two pairs of police trousers, and ammunition.

Hawks members allegedly found missing police dockets, court exhibits and other items at her flat last December.

According to the report, Bailey had been on stress leave for the past three years.

Bailey is known for her investigation that led to Dina Rodrigues being sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of baby Jordan Leigh Norton in June 2005.

- SAPA
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