No foul play in paedophile's cell death - Ipid

Brian Shofer. (Facebook)
Brian Shofer. (Facebook)

Cape Town - A probe by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate has confirmed that there was no foul play involved in the death of convicted paedophile Brian Shofer who was found dead in the holding cells of a Cape Town police station in July.

Spokesperson Robbie Raburabu said the details of the death of Shofer, 58, was found to be consistent with the report given to the watchdog by police.

Two days after appearing in the Mitchell's Plain Magistrate's Court, Shofer was found hanging in his cell at the Lentegeur police station on July 29.

It appeared that he had used a blanket as a noose.

Shofer, who offered private tutoring for children, was arrested earlier that week for allegedly raping a boy between 2010 and 2016. The victim, who is now 18, was 12 when the accused allegedly first assaulted him.

Shofer was reportedly convicted of sexually abusing boys on the Cape Flats in the 1990s and also after being granted parole. He was released from jail in 2010 and was living in Mitchell's Plain at the time of his arrest.

He also offered private tutoring on Gumtree for children struggling with their academics.

According to one of his posts, he claimed to be a "very experienced tutor who is available every day to help your child/children with their problem subjects".

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