‘Dealer’ cop in a plea bid



June 29, 2016
‘Dealer’ cop in a plea bid

OUTSIDE COURT: Jacobus Engelbrecht, 32.

A cop who was busted on a charge of dealing in drugs is expected to strike a deal with the state.

The 32-year-old Jacobus Engelbrecht, who worked as a constable at Villiersdorp SAPS at the time of his arrest, is expected to enter a plea bargain with the state during his next court appearance.

Engelbrecht, who is out on bail of R1 000 was due to appear in Villiersdorp Periodic Court yesterday on a charge of dealing in drugs but his case was postponed to next month.

The cop was arrested at Villiersdorp SAPS in his uniform and led away in handcuffs in full view of his colleagues in March.

It is alleged that he gave seven tik straws with a total weight of 0.34 grams to a suspected drug dealer early in February and asked the man to sell it on his behalf.

But instead of selling the drugs, the suspected dealer piemped Engelbrecht to his colleagues.

During his bail application, it was revealed that Engelbrecht, who lives in Worcester, has two previous convictions for theft and assault.

The theft charge relates to an incident where a radio was stolen from a vehicle parked at the police station.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila confirms that Engelbrecht is expected to enter a plea bargain.

He adds that they are aware of Engelbrecht’s two previous convictions.

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