AS IT HAPPENED: O’Sullivan assistant released

2017-02-12 19:24

Forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan's assistant who was arrested has been released at the North Gauteng High Court.


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Sarah Jane Trent shows bruising on her wrist. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

12 Feb 19:30

Johannesburg - Forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan's assistant attorney Sarah Jane Trent has arrived in the North Gauteng High Court.

Trent was alleged arrested on Friday and driven around for hours with armed policemen before being taken to Kameeldrift police station.

Trent was visibly distraught when she arrived in court.

She hugged IPID officials and held back tears while waiting outside court for court to proceed.

Trent's legal representation had earlier engaged with prosecutors demanding  to see a search warrant and a warrant of arrest.

Trent's advocate Quintus Pelser was asking state prosecutors who could not be identified at the time for her cellphone.                       

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Police yet to show arrest warrant for O'Sullivan's attorney - AfriForum

On Saturday, AfriForum said police were yet to show them an arrest warrant for Sarah-Jane Trent, who was picked up by officers on Friday afternoon.

12 Feb 19:26

O'Sullivan's assistant held, driven in police van for hours - AfriForum

On Friday night, AfriForum confirmed that Paul O'Sullivan's assistant had been arrested.

AfriForum's lawyer Willie Spies said Sarah Jane Trent was arrested earlier on Friday afternoon on charges of statutory offence.

Spies said Trent was taken by police and driven around in the back of a police van for hours before being taken to Cullinan police station.

Spies said Trent was charged for her involvement in an IPID investigation of acting police commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane.

He said AfriForum lawyers went to the Cullinan police station in an effort to have her released, and AfriForum was considering taking the matter to the High Court.

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To recap:

On Friday, police officials started raiding forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan's home in Johannesburg.

O'Sullivan told News24 the doorbell rang at his house in Sandton at 16:15. When he opened it, a female metro police officer asked to be let in.

She said she needed information on his vehicle, which was apparently involved in a hit and run two weeks ago.

He said he told her he sold it about a year ago.

O’Sullivan said he had a bad feeling about the situation, got into his car and drove away. He said as he left, he saw a convoy of unmarked vehicles coming toward his house. He said the cars tried to block him off but he drove away.

He later said his lawyer Sarah Jane Trent had been arrested for allegedly impersonating an Ipid officer and had been taken to the Cullinan police station.

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