Each year we pay tribute to the heroes in blue who have paid the highest price. This year was no exception. We tell you a short story about each of these latest heroes – refer to our article published from p 32 in the October 2017 issue of Servamus.
The weather has caused havoc in large parts of the world in recent times – resulting a huge loss of lives. Ever thought about how you would react during a disaster? Read our article published from p 14 in the October 2017 issue of Servamus.
When a disaster strikes, the affected community is dependent on men and women who are willing to leave everything at home to search for survivors and treat the injured. Such are the men and women from Rescue SA – we tell you more about these heroes in our article published from p 22 in the October 2017 issue of Servamus.
- S v Parkins 2017 (1) SACR 235 (WCC)
Bradley Parkins (“the accused”) was convicted in the regional court sitting at Wynberg in the Cape Peninsula (“the trial court”) on the following six charges:
Count 1: Murder committed on 23 February 2008 at Sandown Lane, Athlone, in that the court found that he unlawfully and intentionally killed Donovan Cupido (“the deceased”) by shooting him with a 9 mm Tanfoglio semi-automatic pistol serial number AB 02086 (“the Tanfoglio”).
Count 2: Possession of the firearm, as mentioned above, without being the holder of a licence to possess such firearm, in contravention of section 3 of the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000, at the same time, date and place mentioned in Count 1.
- S v Mabitle 2017 (1) SACR 325 (NWM) and S v Monye and Another 2017 (1) SACR 329 (SCA)
In Ask Pollex in Servamus: August 2015, Pollex referred to a number of reported cases in respect of “contract killings”. The South African Criminal Law Reports (SACR) in its volume dated March 2017, contains another two unrelated “contract killing” cases.
In S v Mabitle, the accused, who was 20 years old when the crime was committed, pleaded guilty and was found guilty by a single judge of the High Court in Mahikeng in the North West Province (“the trial court”) on a charge of murder whereupon he was sentenced to life incarceration.
In Servamus: June 2017, Pollex discussed the case of S v Hewitt 2017 (1) SACR 309 (SCA) (“the Hewitt case”). (The case involved the retired, world-renowned champion tennis player and instructor, Bob Hewitt.)
The Hewitt case was about three female complainants of whom two were raped and one was sexually assaulted (this offence was known as indecent assault at the time). All three of these incidents happened quite a number of years ago (exact numbers and/or dates were not specified).
This month sees the last of our series of unlawful arrest and detention cases. Pollex is of the opinion that our readers have now gotten the message, after 20 editions on this topic. In other words, our readers should now know that it is all about attitude, as well as meaningful, relevant and applicable training and/or tutorage presented by competent and informed lecturers and/or tutors. However, this does not to mean that we are not going to publish similar cases in future. Servamus (in the person of Pollex) will, as always, follow all relevant case law (Afrikaans: “regspraak”) in this regard. This month’s case is: