Accused cop denied hospital detention

2010-05-06 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG traffic officer, Lebohang Justice Molefe (32), charged with shooting and injuring his wife on April 29, attempted unsuccessfully to persuade magistrate Mishi Singh yesterday to order that he should be detained in a private hospital.

Molefe is charged with the attempted murder of his wife, Londeka, by shooting her several times in her face and head at the couple’s home in Oribi Village.

He has not yet pleaded to the charge.

State prosecutor Ricky van Wyk confirmed in court yesterday that the state is opposed to bail being granted to Molefe.

Molefe’s attorney, Simphiwe Ngwenya, requested that Molefe — who is said to be under the care of a psychiatrist — be detained under the care of his private doctors at Daymed Private hospital in the city or alternatively at Mountain Rise police cells.

Van Wyk said because Molefe is a prisoner in the care of the department of Correctional Services, the police indicated that they cannot guard him at a private hospital.

He told the court New Prison has a “fully functional” hospital able to handle all illnesses, and if it cannot do so, Correctional Services would request the court to transfer a patient to a private hospital.

The defence were also unable to obtain a letter of authority from the station commissioner at Mountain Rise yesterday to enable Molefe to be held in the cells.

At the defence’s request, Molefe was taken to a district surgeon yesterday for a check-up.

On his return, a medical report was submitted to court and his lawyer submitted that the district surgeon had found that Molefe’s illness is “severe” and recommended that he be hospitalised. He urged the court to order Molefe to be sent to a private facility and warned that if this was not done and “anything were to happen”, it would be the state’s responsibility.

But Singh said she could not grant an order that was beyond her authority.

The case was postponed to May 11 for further investigation.

• In another matter, Emmanuel Donnelly, who is charged with the murder of his wife Tania last month, made another brief appearance in court before his case was postponed to May 12 for a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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