Gauteng cop in court for assault and corruption

2011-03-28 14:36

A policeman appeared in the Mokopane Magistrate’s Court today on charges of assault and corruption, the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) said.

Warrant Officer Abel Baloyi, 43, was arrested by the ICD last week and was facing multiple charges, including three counts of assault causing grievous bodily harm, assault common, and corruption, spokesman Moses Dlamini said in a statement.

Baloyi was denied bail today and would remain in custody pending the finalisation of the trial.

He allegedly assaulted a foreigner who worked at a store where he had taken airtime and cool drinks without paying, Dlamini said.

The foreigner was also arrested and false charges were brought against him. Baloyi allegedly tried to extort money from him in return for his release, he said.

Baloyi and two other student constables were also facing charges following allegations that they assaulted a man and a woman on September 4 2009.

“The ICD took over the docket for investigation, which resulted in Warrant Officer Baloyi being charged with corruption and assault GBH [grievous bodily harm],” Dlamini said.

“The ICD opened further cases of defeating the ends of justice and intimidation against the officer after he allegedly threatened key witnesses with violence and deportation.”

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