“Two Laaiplek detectives, a warrant officer and a constable, made a brief court appearance in the Laaiplek Magistrate’s Court today on charges of defeating the ends of justice, following their arrest yesterday,” Lt-Colonel Andre Traut said in a statement.
Their arrest followed an investigation headed by the Hawks on corrupt activity, involving firearms which were stolen from a complainant’s safe at his residence in November 2013.
The two detectives allegedly investigated the case and discovered that the complainant’s girlfriend was responsible, and that she gave the firearms to a third party who sold the firearms.
“They persuaded this third party to recover the firearms and upon doing so, the firearms were handed back to the complainant. They then obtained a statement from him that he accidentally misplaced the firearms and the case was subsequently withdrawn without any legal action being instituted against any person,” he said.
Traut said the matter was aggravated by the members’ alleged failure to consider the consequences of the firearms being in the wrong hands for a period of three months, or handing the firearms back to a person who could be unfit to be in the possession thereof.
“The circumstances surrounding the matter are still under investigation and the person who stole the firearms was also arrested on a charge of theft. More charges could be added during the progress of our investigation,” he said.
The two were released on bail and were expected to appear in court on January 28, 2015.