Nathaniel Julies

Nathaniel Julies
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Nathaniel Julies murder-accused police officers denied bail

Magistrate David Mhango said Caylene Whiteboy, the female officer who shot Julies, would be safer if she was kept behind bars

Nathaniel Julies

Nathaniel Julies
Image sourced via Twitter @nxumalo4

The three police officers implicated in the fatal shooting of Eldorado Park teenager Nathaniel Julies, have been denied bail.

Simon “Scorpion” Ndyalvane, Caylene Whiteboy, and Voster Netshiongolo appeared before the Protea Magistrates Court on Monday, 28 September 2020.

The case has been postponed to 6 November 2020.

Magistrate: Whiteboy could be in danger if granted bail

The presiding magistrate, David Mhango said if released on bail, there was a strong likelihood that they will interfere with investigations, particularly as they now know who the main witnesses are in the case.

“Some witnesses were present in the police vehicle when the deceased was shot and killed. The State’s case against the accused is very strong. If convicted, life imprisonment could be imposed against the accused,” Mhango said.

Sergeant Simon Ndyalvane and Caylene Whiteboy have been charged with murder, defeating the ends of justice, discharging a firearm in a public space, and possession of prohibited ammunition. While Detective Sergeant Foster Netshiongolo faces a charge of being an accessory to murder, defeating the ends of justice and unlawful possession of ammunition.

He said Whiteboy could be in danger, as she had testified to receiving death threats from Ndyalvane.

The 23-year-old female rookie, who admitted to firing the shot that killed the boy, told the court she had been acting on the instructions of her co-accused, Ndyalvane – who is also her senior.

She claimed he had also told her what to tell investigators on the case and threatened her, if she didn’t do as she had been told.

“I have received written WhatsApp death threats from my co-accused applicant one (Ndyalavane) as a result of my cooperation with the state to ensure that the whole truth is told. Ndyalavane offered to pay for my legal fees if I agreed to tailor my version of events, which I refused,” she had said in her affidavit.

Whiteboy said she had no idea the gun was loaded with live ammunition, when she fired, as she had used it only hours earlier to disperse a crowd in nearby Freedom Park.

“I had used the firearm earlier in the day in Freedom Park to successfully disperse a crowd. The gun was loaded with rubber bullets. I was so shocked when I used it later, unbeknown to me that it was loaded with live ammunition,” she said.