Trial date set for police brutality case

2014-05-23 20:20
Police officers are seen beating a naked man in Cape Town. (Nicole Speelman, Facebook)

Police officers are seen beating a naked man in Cape Town. (Nicole Speelman, Facebook)

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Cape Town - Two former police officers filmed allegedly kicking a naked Nigerian man in a street in the Cape Town CBD are to go on trial on 27 June, in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court.

David Gunn, 43, and Gerrit Januarie, 46, both of whom held the rank of warrant officer at the time of the alleged incident, appeared before Magistrate Alta Frederick on Friday, but were not asked to plead.

They face one charge each of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Prosecutor Valentia van der Berg told the court the investigation had been completed, and she had given details of the charge to defence attorneys Ed Booth, for Gunn, and Isaac Korasie, for Januarie.

At the request of the defence, the bail conditions of both men were amended so that they were no longer required to report to the police each week - Gunn at the Parow police station and Januarie at Kraaifontein.

Booth told the court that each time Gunn reported to the Parow police he was told they had received no instructions to record his weekly visits in a special register provided for this purpose.

"The police told him to go away, and refused to record his visit," Booth said.

Korasie said Januarie had had similar experiences at the Kraaifontein police station.

Both men are out on R1 500 bail.

In March, a woman in a building in the Cape Town CBD used her cellphone to record the alleged incident in the street below.

The video clip went viral on social media after it was posted online.

Gunn was dismissed from the SA Police Service after disciplinary action, but Januarie resigned before disciplinary action could be taken against him.

- SAPA
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