After pleading guilty Detective sentenced for fraud

Mabel Segoete who smashed a police vehicle whilst using it illegally, and then lied about it, has been given a suspended prison sentence after being convicted on a charge of fraud.

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A Cape Town police detective, Mabel Segoete who smashed a police vehicle whilst using it illegally, and then lied about it, has been given a suspended prison sentence after being convicted on a charge of fraud.

The police detective appeared in the Bellville Regional Court on Wednesday, before magistrate Susan Smith, who ordered her to make good the R33 991 damage to the police vehicle, not later than 11am on Friday, July 10.

Segoete who pleaded guilty to the fraud had unlawfully gone home in a police Chevrolet Optra that she had used during the day, after she had already booked the car in and gone off duty.

She had not realised that the vehicle was fitted with a C-Track system that monitored the movements of the car around the clock, and that the system recorded the fact that she had unlawfully gone home in the car after booking it in.

She was in a collision with the car which was unlawfully in her possession, causing the damage. 

Segoete failed to report the collision to her commander and later falsely stated in an affidavit that she had collided with a rock in the rain.

Segoete had also appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court earlier on Wednesday, charged with defeating the ends of justice.

The case in the commercial court related to the alleged disappearance of an investigation docket at the Parow police station.

The disappearance of the docket led to the forced withdrawal of an assault charge, which the State argued would not have been withdrawn had the docket been available to the prosecutor in the Bellville district court.

Magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg ordered Segoete to appear again on August 11.

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