Cape Town - An ambulance driver charged with a string of crimes was caught out after it occurred to a vigilant off-duty policeman that the car he was driving had been reported stolen.
Among the allegations against Cheswill Julian Adendorf is that, over a two-month period, he stole two cars and petrol several times by speeding off without paying, broke into several vehicles, and collided with a car to bring it to a stop in order to rob its occupants.
The incidents took place mainly in Strand, Somerset West and Gordon’s Bay. The State has also accused him of murder relating to the death of policewoman Nokulungu Hazel Jako on April 7.
It is alleged that when Adendorf approached a roadblock in Broadway Road, Strand, he accelerated straight at it, hitting and killing Jako, who had been standing ahead to indicate that motorists should stop.
Adendorf’s trial began in the Western Cape High Court on Monday. He initially faced 22 charges, but a few have been provisionally withdrawn and he has pleaded guilty to a number of others.