Presidential protection cop in court for murder of wife, daughter

2015-09-21 16:56
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Pretoria - A Presidential protection officer accused of murdering his wife and daughter will apply for bail next month.

Warrant Officer Benedict Peloeole, dressed in jeans and a brown jacket, made a brief appearance in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday morning.

His lawyer asked for another postponement, saying he needed to consult with his client properly. The lawyer said he had not consulted with him since his arrest on September 12.

Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair asked why the lawyer had not consulted with Peloeole, despite him having been in custody for eight days.

Peloeole, who had been stationed at the Union Buildings until his arrest, told Nair he wanted to continue with his application as he has documents to finalise with his family.

"My wife's family buried her and my daughter and now I have to sign documents from [insurance company] Assupol," he said.

Nair stood the matter down to allow the lawyer and Peloeole to consult and decide a way forward.

When court resumed, Nair stepped down and acting senior Magistrate Lydia Painter continued with the details of the postponement.

The defence lawyer and state then agreed to postpone the matter to October 9 for a formal bail application.

After the proceedings Peloeole spoke to his brother for a while before going down to the holding cells.

It is still not clear what led to him allegedly shooting his wife and daughter, killing them at their home in Pretoria West on September 10.

At the time, the police said a neighbour heard gunshots and, when he went to the house, found the bodies of the officer's wife and daughter lying in a pool of blood. They each had been shot twice in the upper body.

The officer handed himself over to the police following the incident.

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