‘Blue light stalker’ to argue appeal or face jail

2010-11-17 00:00

DURBAN’s “blue light stalker”, ex-police reservist Ismail Sheik, must argue his appeal in the high court on December 3 or else it will be struck from the court roll, forcing him to begin serving his sentence.

He was warned of this yesterday after seeking a further postponement in the high court in Pietermaritzburg.

Sheik was convicted and sentenced in March 2007 on two counts of indecent assault, three counts of defeating the ends of justice and two counts of kidnapping arising from attacks on two women.

He was sentenced effectively to 21 years’ imprisonment by a Durban court.

He had initially faced 20 counts of indecent assault of women who had made similar complaints, but numerous charges were withdrawn for lack of evidence.

Sheik was described at his trial as a “serial sexual offender” by the commander of the police’s investigative psychology unit, Dr Gerhard Labuschagne.

According to the evidence in the case, on each occasion the victims were confronted near clubs by Sheik, who was driving a white Volkswagen Citi Golf with a flashing blue light.

The first victim, a 17-year-old, was “arrested” for smoking dagga with her boyfriend in 2002.

After driving around with the couple, the court heard, Sheik ordered the boyfriend out of the vehicle and drove the girl to the parking lot at Durban Central and forced her to perform oral sex on him.

Another victim testified that he accused her of being drunk and told her to accompany him to the police station.

In the car, she alleged, her cold drink had been spiked.

A petrol attendant identified Sheik as the police officer who had picked her up.

Sheik, who is on bail awaiting appeal, appeared briefly before high court Judges Leona Theron and Trevor Gorven in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

His attorney, Devin Moodley, applied for a fourth postponement of the appeal on the grounds that Sheik has not placed his legal team in funds.

The judges agreed to adjourn the case only until December 3.

Judge Theron warned Sheik that he or his legal representative must be in a position to argue the appeal on that day or it will be struck off the roll.

The judges added that Moodley must withdraw if he has not placed sufficient funds by November 29.

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