n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - Specific crimes : case reviews




The three appellants in 2008 (1) SACR 518 (SCA) were police officers who had been convicted on charges of murder (the second appellant), being an accessory after the fact to murder (the first and third appellants), and defeating the ends of justice (the second appellant). A synopsis of the facts (along with a discussion of the appellants' liability in relation to the murder charge) can be found in Professor Reddi's discussion of this case , and will thus not be repeated. With regard to the charge of defeating the course of justice, the Supreme Court of Appeal (per Maya JA) confirmed the correctness of the approach of the court in holding that to convict the first and third appellants of defeating the course of justice would amount to a duplication of convictions, as their convictions as accessories after the fact to murder were based on the same facts (at para [35]).


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