National 18.1.2016 11:43 am

Cop killed transporting prisoner ‘lived for work’

A police officer died after he was decapitated during an accident. Pic: Gauteng Traffic Police

A police officer died after he was decapitated during an accident. Pic: Gauteng Traffic Police

The officer was a detective at the Modimolle police station in Limpopo.

The Limpopo police officer who was killed while transporting a prisoner to Pretoria last week has been described as a hardworking man who lived for his work.

The officer, identified as 52-year-old Detective Marius Bouwer, was allegedly decapitated when his car crashed into a wall on the N1 after he was attacked by the prisoner he was transporting, Rekord Centurion reported.

The prisoner was severely injured and later transported to hospital under police guard.

Bouwer was a detective at the Modimolle police station in Limpopo and had been in the service for over 30 years.

According to Modimolle police spokesperson, Warrant Officer James Findlay, Bouwer was transporting the prisoner to Kgosi Mampuru Prison in Pretoria.

Findlay said Bouwer was a very hard working and dedicated police officer.

“He lived for his work and his wife. He worked a lot of overtime. He was a quiet and homely person,” he said.

The case is still under investigation by the Sinoville police while Bouwer’s funeral is expected to take place on Friday in Modimolle.

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– Caxton News Service

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