Framed’: woman says officer conspired with sister-in-law

2011-08-22 00:00

A SOBANTU woman is alleging that a warrant officer at the Mountain Rise police station conspired with her sister-in-law to frame her for attempted murder after a family feud.

The Edendale Hospital nurse, who spoke on condition of anonymity for reasons of safety, says that the officer accepted a bribe to trump up bogus charges against her so that she would withdraw a case she opened against her sister-in-law.

“I suspected that my sister-in-law was sending derogatory and hateful SMSes to me and other family members. I appealed to the police to have the cellphone numbers that these SMS came from traced under the Rica law.

“A week later I was called to the police station and told that a woman I do not know has opened a case of murder against me.

“The warrant officer said that they had evidence of pills I stole from the hospital that I was going to use to kill my four-year-old nephew.

“The officer then told me to withdraw the case I had opened to have the sim cards investigated or they will arrest me. After I complied the officer let me go and I never heard about the case again,” said the distraught woman.

Speaking to The Witness, the frightened woman called on the station’s new commissioner Brigadier Francis Bantham to discuss her safety concerns and a way to clear her name.

In a speaker phone conversation in the presence of this reporter, Bantham assured her that the police will look into the matter.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said they are investigating these allegations.

“We are aware of the case, at this stage we have it down as a domestic dispute. Her brother had opened a case of crimen injuria against her and we mediated and he withdrew the case against her,” she said.

“In regards to the allegations made against the officer, we are investigating the matter. If they are substantiated, the department will take the necessary actions.”

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