Court finds Krugersdorp cop guilty of murdering suspected robber

2016-12-14 20:11
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Johannesburg - Constable Titus Mabela, one of three police officers accused of shooting dead a suspect in cold blood in Krugersdorp last year, has been found guilty of murder, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Wednesday.

His co-accused, Sergeant Puleng Sebetwa, was found guilty of common assault and Constable Jason Segole was acquitted on all charges, spokesperson Phindi Louw told News24.

The three officers had been facing charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice after they were caught on camera killing suspected robber Khulekani Mpanza.

The officers were arrested after CCTV video footage emerged showing the police officers chasing a gun-wielding Mpanza down the streets of Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg.

Mpanza was first seen firing shots at the police as he ran down the street, damaging one of their vehicles.

One of the officers is seen firing a first shot which resulted in Mpanza falling to the ground and dropping his weapon.

The footage then shows another officer kicking Mpanza, while another officer fires a second shot.

Mabela's defence made an application for leave to appeal the court's decision and asked that their client be sent for psychiatric observation.

Their application was granted and the matter was postponed to February 6 for Mabela to be referred to a mental institution for observation, Louw said.

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