Sheppie crime unit man gets bail

2012-09-29 00:00

A DETECTIVE with the Port Shepstone Organised Crime Unit handed himself over to police yesterday in connection with the murder of a crime suspect last year.

Shortly afterwards, the Hibberdene Magistrate’s Court granted Basil Crouse R5 000 bail.

In the dock he joined co-accused Sandile Mzizi (30), who was released on R1 500 bail in July.

Both men were charged with the murder of Pat Mvubu (47), who was killed at Makhoso Location, near Hibberdene, in April last year.

At the time, Crouse was allegedly following up on information related to an attempted murder in the Sawoti area.

When police stopped a vehicle with three suspects, the occupants allegedly alighted and began firing their weapons.

The police returned fire and two of the suspects ran away. Mvubu was shot and killed.

Mzizi is not a police officer but according to the state, there is sufficient evidence to prosecute him.

During the bail application, investigating officer Hermanus Pienaar testified that Crouse had co-operated with police, had served in the force 28 years and his family lived in the Port Shepstone and Harding areas. “He has nowhere to flee,” said Pienaar.

The court heard that his valid passport had been misplaced and he had only an expired travel document.

Crouse’s lawyer, William Hardy, submitted that his client suffered from depression, insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder and travelled regularly to Durban to see a psychiatrist.

He said he was not satisfied with two of the bail conditions stipulated by the state — that Crouse should report to police every day and whenever he intended to leave the Port Shepstone district.

State prosecutor Renee Naidoo pointed out the seriousness of the Schedule Six offences Crous faced. “The state certainly views the evidence as very strong.”

Magistrate P. Maharaj ruled that Crouse report to Port Shepstone police station each Monday and inform the police if he intended to leave KwaZulu-Natal.

The case was postponed to October 11 for possible indictments.

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