Friday, May 28, 2010
Court rejects policeman statement
27 May 2010, 20:25
By Hanti Otto
The warning statement a police officer took from a suspect, was on Thursday rejected in court, as the Constitutional rights of Onndwela Luvhani were apparently violated.
Although warrant officer Buti Baloyi has 22 years experience, Atteridgeville Regional Court Magistrate Mogi Naidoo found that the court could not just take his word that Luvhani was informed of his right to a legal representative. Also, that the statement must be completed voluntarily and not have sections left blank on it.
Luvhani faces two charges of culpable homicide, one of driving under the influence of alcohol and another of reckless and negligent driving. He pleaded not guilty.
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Comments by Sonny
This is the reason why criminals get acquitted!!
Senior detectives taking sworn statements from suspects?
Give me a cigarette and I'll tell you everything!
No wonder crime pays in Pretoria!!