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Free State Provincial Police Commissioner Lt Gen Baile Motswenyane has welcomed the sentencing of one of their own, Detective Warrant Officer Frederick George de Bruin for stealing a docket among other charges.
Police Spokesperson in the area Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said that on the 20 January 2021 at about 13:00 the Detective Warrant Officer approached the suspect who was charged with reckless and negligent driving promising that he can steal the police docket and sell at a prize of R 5000.
But the deal was met with resistance as the matter was reported to the Authorities and Provincial Anti-Corruption Unit where an entrapment was arranged which led to further investigation of the officer.
“The exchange took place and the Warrant Officer was given R5 000 cash and the whistle blower was given the police docket in which he was a suspect.”
“While members of the Anti-Corruption Unit were busy searching the arrested member’s house, a receipt of a pawn shop was found, where a state laptop was pawned. Cash to the amount to R5000 was also found in his possession.”
“The state laptop was fetched from one of the pawn shop in Odendaalsrus and seized as it was stolen.”
“A 50-year-old Warrant Officer was arrested on the following charges: Corruption, Theft of Laptop, Theft of Police Docket and Defeating the Ends of Justice” said Brigadier.
He was later on dismissed by the SAPS.
He was found guilty of Corruption, theft of laptop, theft of police case docket and was sentenced to 15 years each, plus 5 years for defeating the ends of justice.