Woman gets R200k for 3 days in jail

2012-06-28 12:10

Pretoria - The South African Police Service has been told to pay a woman R200 000 after she was unnecessarily locked up for three days on the basis of accusations her ex-boyfriend made.

The Pretoria News reported that her son and father would receive R25 000 each as they too were locked up overnight.

The court said police should not simply have accepted the statement made by Gabor Victor Cost, who claimed that he had been the victim of attempted murder, robbery and theft. 

The court said it was clear this was a domestic dispute and a civil matter. The case against Roslind Fletcher-Morgan, her father Chris Morgan and son, Gareth Schutte, was thrown out in court.

Her ordeal started with the break-up of her relationship with Cost. Her father and son helped her move things from his house, and were assisted by a friend who at one stage slapped Cost, but was then restrained by the others. 

Cost later laid charges of robbery and accused his ex of stealing his car, even though she was a part owner and he knew she had it, said the court. Police officers also arrested Morgan and her family although Cost never claimed they had assaulted him. 

The judge said police had clearly not applied their minds to the case and awarded damages to the plaintiffs.

  • Bardy - 2012-06-28 12:15

    Good for you Roslind! About time the police wake the f%&k up!

      Janice - 2012-06-28 12:25

      I agree with you Bardy!!! Good for the woman and her family!

      Warren - 2012-06-28 12:56

      @ gordon.turner.37: It's amazing to see how many people think it's a good thing when the police get a financial penalty... without realizing that they are actually paying for it.

      Bardy - 2012-06-28 12:58

      @ warren.vanwyk.3 - The money comes back to the citizens and out of the ANC's pockets. What so bad about that?

      Bulls - 2012-06-28 14:16

      I agree with Gordon,bardy is as pussy

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-06-28 17:58

      @ Bardy: So let me get this straight, are you saying that it's okay for YOU & ME to pay for this mess instead of the cops that actually caused it? And what happens when the ANC's pockets are empty? Who's taxes get increased to make up the short fall. That's whats so bad about that. Douh!

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-06-28 12:42

    Oh my lord when my day is coming and be arrested for just 15days and I will be fine

  • mimi.ngqulana - 2012-06-28 12:46

    grt 4 I...bit there is no uniformitu in the system. Not long ago a man who spent 18months in jail 4 wrongful arrest, who subs lost wife, house n job was offered way less than that

  • richy.rex.77 - 2012-06-28 12:46

    Give the woman a Bells

  • james.eayrs - 2012-06-28 12:59

    Hold the officers involved accountable. They should pay, not the tax payer.

      Hermann - 2012-06-28 13:15

      Nope, they are probably a few years salary ahead in debt. If they are forced to pay the minister responsible won't care a hoot, keep on fattening his bank account and laugh at parliament from where no questions as to accountability will be forthcoming and he will be seen as a good minister and that is where the joke comes in.

  • jacques.conradie.56 - 2012-06-28 13:07

    YAAAAAWN! The policemen are not worried, its not coming from their pockets. Oh what fun it is to be a taxpayer.

  • misswoodcutter - 2012-06-28 13:11

    "the judge said police had clearly not applied their minds to the case" Do they ever apply their minds????

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-06-29 12:16

      What minds ? They have minds ?

  • Hermann - 2012-06-28 13:11

    Give that judge a Bells, no make it a double.

  • misswoodcutter - 2012-06-28 13:13

    I can easily do 3 days in jail for R200 000 :-))

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-06-28 13:15

    I remember there was a man from Mamelodi who got locked up for 9months and was discharged after wrongful arrest. He only got R90 000-00 from the SAPS. We must clearly fight this in-equality with all the resources we have. The incompetent and biased judgement must be stopped in it's tracks. We must mobilese and claim our dignity back. We need a hero who can bring change to the marginalised and poor people. We need to push for change and thosee resisting change must be dragged and driven forcefully to the sea were they belong.

      marcelle.joubertdurandt - 2012-06-28 13:27

      *Yawn* ... Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz .... Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ..... Race card pulling AGAIN ..... getting a tad old here don't you think?

      Zimbobwe - 2012-06-28 13:42

      marcelle the is no race card pulling. I'm just stating the facts. What I said is the truth and I never mentioned any race, name, religion, group, political organisation. This could be anyone.

      Zimbobwe - 2012-06-28 13:51

      Sjoe ken ... that hurt a lot!!! Why the insult and wishing pain??? I'm just stating the facts!!!

      lorna.m.eaton - 2012-06-28 14:01

      Stupid thing to say Ken. It doesn't matter who is wrongfully arrested. Wrong is wrong. I must point out to @Zimbobwe.mugabe that awards are never consistent, regardless of the race, age or sex of the recipients. It is all based on the magistrate or judges decision on the day. Just as prison sentences are.

      Zimbobwe - 2012-06-28 14:06

      @lorna that is what i'm saying, the incompetent and biased judges must be dragged out kicking and screaming and flushed down the drain. We cannot have this kind of biased and selective judgement in our democracy.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-06-28 14:48

      @ Zimbobwe. Your comment, without doubt,is a thinly disguised attack on white people.

      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-06-28 14:54

      People must stop assuming and look at the facts. It could be the anc resisting change or the black bourgeois or the fatcats or the corrupt magistrate. Black people are still suffering after 18yrs of democracy in the hands of the anc.

      ditoare.gypsy - 2012-06-28 17:12

      Guilty conscience will always find da way out, for your record ROB. ZIMBOBWE is white by race

      clive.prince.14 - 2012-12-21 10:54

      Which septic tank did you climb out of ?

  • Bulls - 2012-06-28 14:22

    Mogoeng should investigate such circumstantial decisions by the court. This could easily be an inside job.A case of a police,magistrate and judge knowing the accused and the accuse.MILKING THE SYSTEM IS CALLED. I WONDER WHAT THE RULING WOULD BE IF THE POLICE DIDN'T LOCK THE SUSPECTS UP?

      rob.baggaley - 2012-06-28 14:50

      Another brilliant insightful comment from you. It amazes me that with your level of intelligence, you are not currently attending the ANC " talks " in Bloemfontein.

      Bulls - 2012-06-28 15:16

      rob, you are puncturing my lungs with your sarcasm.I do not subscribe to politicians, thank you but no thanks.

  • lucas.lelimo - 2012-06-28 19:16

    dis is day lyt robbery.da victm is da SAPS.wt wr da police had 2do.da complaint came in,n dey'v done their job.nw dey hv 2 pay.hw many ppl hv been behind bars,triald 4 yrs n found not dey neva been hw shld da police xcessiz their duties whrelse they r been threatnd?well congrats 2 dat lucky family

      Susan - 2012-06-29 09:09

      lucas, you will probably get a lot of thumbs down when you use sms abbriviations on a blog like this. Try not to do it. If you struggle with spelling (like I do) type your comment on word, do a spell check and then copy and paste it into the comment box. It is not the work of the police to lock up people because another SAID they robbed him. They must investigate the matter and then act.They clearly did not do that.

      Susan - 2012-06-29 09:10


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