KZN cop gets bail

2012-11-19 18:56

Pietermaritzburg - A former dog unit handler who was jailed for the murder of his wife was granted bail by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Monday, pending an appeal hearing by a full Bench.

Judge Esther Steyn refused Constable Morne Croeser, 35, leave to appeal, but he petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Steyn said the appeal would probably be heard in 2014.

Croeser was convicted of the murder in January and was sentenced to 23 years in jail. He has been in prison since then.

Croeser has another, unrelated, murder case pending against him, and has been granted bail of R10,000 in that case.

He and an SA National Defence Force member were guarding a border to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country during the Fifa World Cup in June 2010.

They were manning a roadblock in northern Zululand when an approaching driver did a U-turn to avoid the roadblock.

He and Paul Jeke gave chase, but the driver ignored flickering light signals. Croeser then fired shots and the driver stopped his vehicle.

A man with an object in his hand alighted. The two believed it was a firearm and Jeke opened fire. It is alleged that Croeser told him to shoot.

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