Attack on cops highlighted in court

2015-12-01 10:59

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg - A state prosecutor highlighted the serious consequences of attacks on police officials in a case where two local officers were assaulted while trying to make an arrest last year.

One was badly bitten on his forearm by the assailant.

A photograph of the bleeding bite mark was attached to court documents.

Mandla Buthelezi (43) of Nxamalala was found guilty of defeating the ends of justice, resisting arrest, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and common assault committed on November 3 last year.

The court heard that Sergeant JC van Tonder was hit in the face and his colleague, Warrant Officer Vasilios Konstantopoulos, was bitten on the forearm.

The fracas erupted when the policemen stopped after witnessing an accident in Mayor’s Walk and attempted to apprehend the driver of a taxi.

Buthelezi (who was not the driver) intervened in the arrest, assaulted the policemen and subsequently also resisted arrest.

Suggesting a hefty punishment is required, prosecutor Sikhona Sibaya told magistrate Chetna Singh that police officers are there to enforce the law and to protect the public. Without them the justice system cannot function, he said.

“We live in a country that has a government. We don’t live in a jungle,” he said.

The defence asked for pre-sentencing reports to be obtained ahead of sentencing.

The case was postponed until January 6 for that purpose.

Buthelezi is in custody.

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