Cop bust with sheep carcass in boot tried to pull wool over our eyes - police

2016-04-19 18:53

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Mahikeng – A policeman was arrested on a charge of stock theft after officers found a sheep carcass inside the boot of his vehicle, North West police said on Tuesday.

The 58-year-old was stopped and searched in Itekeng township, near Biesiesvlei, on Monday after a tip-off was received about a stolen sheep, said Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone.

Mokgwabone laughed when asked what the cop had told the officers who stopped him.

"I am not willing to disclose that. All I will say is he said he was not aware that there was a carcass inside the car. He pretended not to know where the sheep came from."

He said an investigation would determine who the sheep had belonged to.

Asked whether the carcass was taken in as evidence, Mokgwabone said it was not something that could be kept.

"We take it in as an exhibit and register it in the books. We then have to make sure we dispose of it."

He said the form of disposal would depend on "whatever will be of benefit".

One of the options was to throw the carcass away.

The policeman was expected to appear in the Lichtenburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

In a separate matter, two men were set to appear in Potchefstroom Magistrate’s Court on Thursday for allegedly stealing 18 cattle.

They were arrested on Tuesday morning as part of an uncover operation in which an officer from the stocktheft unit posed as a buyer.

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