Suspected killer cop 'unstable'

2012-02-27 17:54
Johamnnesburg - Student constable Sipho Mbatha, accused of shooting dead a teenager, appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Monday.

"The case is remanded to tomorrow, 28 February, for further evidence - if possible," Magistrate Delize Smith said.

Monday's proceedings saw the State questioning a senior investigator at the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD), Leon Naidoo, who was called to the scene of the shooting.

Naidoo testified that the designated firearms officer at the Dobsonville police station earlier made a statement that the accused was unstable and therefore not allowed to carry a firearm.

He said the firearms officer kept Mbatha in the community centre, but on the night of the incident the commander on duty overruled the firearms officer's command, by letting him leave the community centre.

The magistrate commented: "The court should call the person who issued the accused with the rifle - this would help clarify the allegations that the accused is unstable."

The ICD arrested Mbatha, 41, on February 17 after he allegedly killed 16-year-old Thato Mokoka at Bramfischerville Phase 2 three days earlier.

He was shot three times apparently while lying on the ground on his stomach outside the home of his grandmother Sybil Mokoka.

- SAPA
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