Cops face murder charges after suspect dies during questioning

2013-08-13 11:47

Two police constables are expected to appear in the Alice Magistrates’ Court on charges including murder.

The men, both detective constables, aged 27 and 32, were arrested on Sunday after the death of 20-year-old Bathandwa Kula, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) spokesperson Moses Dlamini said.

Kula apparently fell unconscious while the two police officers were questioning him.

“On 11 August 2013, the deceased and another suspect were arrested and taken to the police station for questioning in connection with a housebreaking case,” Dlamini said.

“It is alleged that the deceased was questioned in one of the offices used by the detectives and he became unconscious. He was rushed to Alice Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.”

The Ipid planned to oppose bail. In addition to murder, the two faced charges of attempted murder and defeating the ends of justice.

“At the time of his death, the deceased was not detained on the allegation of housebreaking. He had visible injuries all over his body,” Dlamini said.

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