Cop out on bail on attempted murder charge

2012-07-31 00:00

A SENIOR Ladysmith police officer accused of attempted murder was released on bail yesterday, the Hawks said.

Spokesperson McIntosh Polela said Detective Warrant Officer Nathi Simelane and his co-accused, Sakhile Mabasa, appeared in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court and were released on R5 000 bail each.

Their bail was set on condition that the two do not to make contact with state witnesses.

The two were arrested by the Pietermaritzburg Organised Crime Unit two weeks ago. They had been in jail since.

The Ladysmith Gazette reported that the two men had lured a suspect from Durban to a truck stop in Ladysmith to meet the detective, where they allegedly shot him.

The newspaper reported that the victim had climbed into the police officer’s car and they drove off together. Shortly afterwards, the police officer stopped his car on the pretext of attending nature’s call.

The policeman, with another man, then allegedly dragged the victim out of the car and shot him.

They shot him in the upper body and in the head and left him for dead. However, he survived and fled to the Van Riebeeck Park area where he tried to hide in a house.

A Ladysmith security company responded when an alarm was triggered at the house. Security guards found the wounded man there.

The injured man refused to be taken to the police station, asking the security guards to call the local police station commander, Brigadier Mandlenkosi Chirwa, instead.

When the injured man’s story was verified by police, he was placed in protective custody and an arrest warrant was issued for the detective soon afterwards.

The arrested men will appear in court in August 31.

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