PMB cop in court over hit-and-run

2011-01-19 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG police captain Sakhepi Sokhela appeared in court yesterday for the second time on charges arising from an incident in which he allegedly crashed a police vehicle into two other cars on December 27 and then drove off.

Its alleged that the state-owned Nissan patrol van driven by Sokhela struck two Jetta cars on the corner of King Edward and Coronation streets and Coronation and St Patrick’s Road in Scottsville.

One of the alleged victims is a university student, Lethiwe Goge (26), and the other a Johannesburg resident, Belinda Smith, who was with her children at the time.

Sokhela is on bail of R4 000.

He faces five charges, including two counts of reckless and negligent driving, failure to stop after an accident, failure to ascertain the extent of damages and injuries and to report an accident within 24 hours, as well as a charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

He has not been asked to plead to the charges.

The case has been postponed to February 24 to allow for further investigation.

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