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Prosecutor stole dockets to drink

2010-02-26 21:06

Pietermaritzburg - A former Pietermaritzburg prosecutor, who accepted bribes to steal court dockets to fund his drinking, received a six year suspended sentence in the city's regional court on Friday.

Amos Ngcobo, 40, admitted stealing or hiding more than 40 court dockets.

In addition to the sentence, he was also fined R20 000 to be paid to the South African National Council for Alcoholism, and to undergo three years of correctional supervision.

Regional Magistrate Paul Abelman said he had defeated the ends of justice by stealing or hiding the dockets for bribes.

He also broke into offices of his colleagues and removed dockets to destroy or hide them.

Ngcobo pleaded that he had a drinking problem which made him short of money.

At times he prosecuted in the "drunken driving" court where, due to the enormous volume of cases it was easy to manipulate the system by stealing or hiding dockets.

This would delay some cases so much that they were ultimately withdrawn.

Abelman found that these acts amounted to corruption and/or defeating the ends of justice and/or unlawfully receiving benefits.

He lost his government job.