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McBride heavily in debt: report

2013-05-06 08:33

Johannesurg - Former Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride is "heavily indebted" and needs to start looking for a job, City Press has reported (May 5).

"I owe lots of people money," McBride told the newspaper. "I had to sell lots of my things. Fortunately some of my family, friends and comrades assisted me." McBride allegedly spent R1.7-million on legal fees.

On Friday (May 3) the State lost its bid to appeal against McBride's acquittal on charges of drunken driving and attempting to obstruct justice.

CRASHED OFFICIAL CAR

The High Court in Pretoria ruled that the prosecution had not raised any new question of law that the Supreme Court of Appeal should consider.

McBride was arrested in 2006 after crashing his official car on the R511 near Hartebeespoort dam after a Christmas party. Pretoria Regional Court magistrate Peet Johnson sentenced him to five years' jail in September 2011 but he appealed to the High Court in Pretoria. Judges Cynthia Pretorius and Lettie Malopa-Setshosa acquitted him in March 2013 on the grounds that the State had not proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt, despite McBride's "strange" behaviour.

They set aside McBride's five-year prison sentence. The State applied for leave to appeal against the ruling on various technical grounds.

'GOOD TO WIN'

City Press reported McBride felt vindicated, but angry. "It's good to win, especially when you know it's a personal issue against you and not a matter of law," he was quoted as saying.

"Despite the judges' findings of police manipulation and evidence fabrication, there seems to be a lack of interest in the real issue behind the whole saga - the involvement of the SA Police Service in violent crime."

SAPA

Comments
  • Jango Za - 2013-05-06 15:14

    Gun running piece of rubbish... this guy has been a terrorist for years!

  • Graeme Stockwell - 2013-05-07 07:28

    He can apply for a loan at a small well known bar on Durban beach front I am sure there are lots of comrades waiting for him there.

  • Kevin Baker - 2013-05-11 08:16

    Blow yourself away you spineless murdering rubbish

  • Gwilym John Howes - 2013-05-20 16:36

    That is a lot of money just to have the State fail to prove its case, which is NOT the same as being innocent. But this pathetic misfit is his own ultimate punishment. Every time I see his ridiculous face and childish perceived self-importance, I realise he is far worse off than even those innocents he slaughtered. Get a job for once, you nothing!

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