Cop ‘killer’ case is delayed

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October 20, 2016
Cop ‘killer’ case is delayed

DEAD: Ben Koopman

The man accused of killing a Metro Police constable defence requests a postponement.

The man accused of the murder of Metro Police officer Constable Ben Koopman will have to wait a while longer before his fate is sealed.

Christopher Jantjies briefly appeared in the Blue Downs Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The matter was set down for a formal bail application but Jantjies’ defence asked for a postponement.

Constable Koopman was shot dead outside his Eerste River home in February while on his way to work after lunch.

His service pistol and police radio were stolen.

Jantjies was arrested seven months after the murder which took place in front of Koopman’s children.

His lawyer asked for a postponement saying he had to be at another case where the witness was only available on Wednesday as well.

While the State was ready to proceed, there was no objection to the postponement and the matter was set down for November for a formal bail application.

At Jantjies’ first appearance, the State said Jantjies previously appeared in the same court and used “several different names”.

It appears the accused was out on bail on another matter at the time of Koopman’s murder.

That matter was also postponed to November 8.

Yesteday the cop’s family held a picket outside the courtroom calling for bail to be denied.

But just like Jantjies, they will have to wait a while longer.

Koopman’s wife, Katriena, who was also at court yesterday previously told the Daily Voice she does not hate her husband’s alleged killer.

“I don’t hate him,” she said.

“We don’t know what [the motive was] so he needs to say what it was about.”

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