Strike lawyer off the roll, high court told

2016-01-25 22:22
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Pietermaritzburg - Advocate Penelope Hunt should be struck from the Society of Advocates, for allegedly arranging for a bugging device to be placed in the advocates' chambers and for arranging for a tracker device to be planted in a colleague's car, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court has heard.

The KwaZulu-Natal High Court on Monday heard that she wanted to obtain some dirt on a colleague.

Two Free State judges, Albert Kruger and Connie Mocome were hearing the application in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court.

The case has been postponed until February 5.

Durban Advocate Jean Marais SC, assisted by Advocate Alan Boulle, was appearing for the society and Advocate Peter Hodes SC, with Advocate Matthys Combrink appearing for Hunt.

Marais said the allegations against Hunt were serious.

The first witness, electronics expert Houston Impey, who was warned that some of his testimony might incriminate himself in a criminal offence and that he had the right not to reply if such questions were put to him, said Hunt told him that information she had heard was "not good" for her.

Cross-examined by Hodes, Impey admitted that a police officer had helped the Advocate Bar Council in its civil case against Hunt. Hodes said this was the first time in 50 years of practice that he had seen such a move.

It occurred when Impey was applying for indemnity in case he was charged with an illegality in assisting Hunt.

Hodes said the statement started: "I make this statement freely and voluntarily without pressure."

Impey denied that he had said that in his affidavit.

Hodes said that a statement about the civil case against Hunt was written on an official SA Police Service letterhead.

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