Jailed cop's appeal hearing deferred

HARARE - Police assistant commissioner Gideon Baloyi remained in jail after his bail appeal failed to proceed at the High Court yesterday.

The matter could not be heard because prosecutor Sharon Fero wanted an opportunity to go through Harare magistrate Elijah Makomo’s record of proceedings, to enable her to file a response to the application.

Baloyi, 53, is currently serving a nine-month prison term, after being convicted for facilitating the illegal release of a fraud suspect from lawful custody.

The top cop remained in prison after Makomo ruled that he was not a suitable candidate for bail.

In his bail appeal, Baloyi, who is represented by Misheck Hogwe, claims to be a war veteran, adding that he has prospects of success on appeal.

The appeal filed last Thursday states that Makomo erred in denying Baloyi bail.

He said there were many mitigating factors, in his case, including the fact that he was a veteran of the country’s liberation war and worked for the Zimbabwe Republic Police for 34 years.

Baloyi further told the court that the conviction and adverse publicity was a “heavy fall from grace”, which should have been punishment enough.

“He (Baloyi) is very confident of his prospects of success and would like to prosecute his appeal and clear his battered image,” Hogwe said.

High Court Judge Esther Muremba deferred the hearing to Friday.

Comments (3)

is this the same Baloyi who was providing Police escorts to move illicit cigarettes??????

brian - 28 January 2014

haha Baloyi its about time ZRP took action against him for his corrupt dealings, now they must carry on and look at his friend Kashangura who used to entertain him to misuse police resources

Tamvana - 29 January 2014

the truth has set you free papa thanks to the almighty who stood by you all the way up to the end Glory be to the almighty Lord

ishmael - 22 October 2014

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