Traffic cop 'burst into tears' after firing at wife

2011-10-25 00:00

TRAFFIC officer Lebohang Justice Molefe (32) admitted in the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday that he had fired shots at his wife, Londeka, with his service firearm on April 29 last year after allowing his emotions to get the better of him.

“Before I knew it I had my service pistol in my hand. I was dressed in full uniform and I carried it with me in a holster,” he said in a statement before Judge Isaac Madondo.

Molefe said that when he saw that the shots had struck his wife he panicked and left the room.

“As I left the house I saw that the complainant was bleeding from her face and she had walked to the verandah and her mother was with her. I left the scene in my motor vehicle and phoned my sister to arrange for an ambulance.

“At this stage I was an emotional wreck and I burst out in tears. I received a call from my supervisor and he arranged for two of my colleagues to meet me at Camperdown, where they found me sobbing in my vehicle. I thereafter made arrangements for myself to be handed over to the police and I was arrested,” said Molefe.

Molefe said that although he’d been provoked and was “in a state of emotional disintegration”, his actions were unlawful and he had “no defence” to the charge of attempted murder, to which he pleaded guilty.

In his statement, read to the court by his advocate Louis Barnard, Molefe expressed remorse and said he would “elaborate” during sentencing procedures.

The case was adjourned to November 10 for the defence to obtain pre-sentencing reports from correctional officers and psychologists.

Judge Madondo declined to withdraw Molefe’s R2 000 bail at the request of state advocate Suhanna Singh, who said Molefe’s wife had expressed fear that he might harm her.

The judge said Molefe had been on bail since June last year and had not tried to attack her. He said it would not help Molefe to assault his wife as it was “still arguable” that he could receive a non-custodial sentence. Should Molefe try “anything funny”, he warned, his bail would be withdrawn immediately.

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