Cop’s bail ruling tomorrow

2010-06-24 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG magistrate will rule tomorrow whether traffic officer Lebohang Justice Molefe (32), who is charged with attempted murder of his wife, Londeka, should be released on bail.

Londeka Molefe was allegedly shot twice in the face and “bashed” on the head by Molefe when the couple quarrelled at her mother’s home in Oribi on April 29.

The court was told in evidence that Londeka Molefe still cannot eat as a result of her injuries.

Defence advocate Martin Krog yesterday urged the court to grant Molefe bail and dismissed as “speculation” the fears of the state that he will try to “finish off his wife” if he is given bail, or that he will interfere with any of the other witnesses or hamper the investigation. He said Molefe has testified that he does not intend to return to live with his wife.

Molefe is employed as a Road Traffic Inspectorate officer in Pine­town.

Krog said bail conditions could stipulate that Molefe may not enter the Pietermaritzburg area.

He said the alleged incident occurred in the “heat of the moment” in the context of a “stormy marriage” and was not alleged to be premeditated.

But prosecutor Rene Padayachee said if Molefe is released, his wife’s safety cannot be guaranteed. “Nobody can be there to watch him 24/7,” she said.

She said Molefe must not have an opportunity to go and “finish the job” and urged the court to have regard to the fact that the victim is “terrified” of Molefe and daily begs the investigating officer to ensure that he is not released.

She said the justice system let the victim down once before by failing to grant her a protection order in which she pleaded with the court to remove her husband’s firearm because he pointed it at her during arguments.

She also submitted that the state has a strong case against Molefe.

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