Driver vs cop: decision on trials by DPP

2010-07-19 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is still considering representations made by Camperdown motorist Jude Ward, and has called for similar representations from a police offi­cer charged with assaulting her, before the two trials can commence.

This emerged on Friday when Ward made a brief appearance before Camperdown Magistrate Thys Taljaard in connection with charges of inconsiderate driving and failing to obey the instructions of a traffic officer in Camperdown on January 18.

The case was provisionally postponed to August 13 to give the DPP time to consider representations by Ward and officer Edward Xolani Mtshali, who faces a countercharge of assault laid against him by Ward.

Mtshali is alleged to have pushed Ward to the ground, placed his knee on her back and hit her forehead on the floor during an incident at the Camperdown police station.

The assault allegedly occurred after Mtshali pursued Ward along the N3.

Ward’s case was set down for trial last month, but had to be postponed after Mtshali indica­ted that he was reluctant to give evidence ahead of his own trial, set for October 12.

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