Murder: hearing for accused officer

2011-02-14 00:00

WHILE a Mountain Rise police station officer is facing criminal charges at the New Hanover Magistrate’s Court following his arrest for allegedly murdering his wife, the South African Police Force is preparing a disciplinary hearing against him.

Morne Croeser (34), who is stationed at the police station serving Pietermaritzburg’s northern suburbs, has also been temporarily transferred from the dog unit.

He is the accused in the murder of his wife Erika (33) at their Msinsi Game Reserve home at Albert Falls Dam in the early hours of August 28, last year.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan declined to reveal which unit Croeser is now placed under, except to say that he is no longer working in close proximity to the state’s witnesses.

“The transfer will be determined by the outcome of the disciplinary hearing and evidence presented in court. He has been transferred in order to prevent him from interfering with [state] witnesses,” said Jeevan.

The Witness understands that the disciplinary hearing against the officer, whose service firearm has been taken from him, will take place in seven days time. It also believes that the outcome of the hearing will determine whether Croeser, a father of two little girls, should be suspended or fired from the police force or not.

Croeser, who is currently on bail of R5 000, was arrested on February 1, and charged with the murder of his wife, who was a senior officer in the game reserve. He is alleged to have stabbed her several times before he staged an attack by also allegedly stabbing himself in the stomach. Nothing was taken from the house.

While lovers around the world will be celebrating Valentine’s Day today, Croeser, who has admitted to cheating on his wife, will be preparing to go back to court tomorrow morning.

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