The Independent Police Investigative Directorate has found that a Beaufort West warrant officer lied about hourly checks being made on the holding cells where Gerdo Karelse was murdered.
Cape Town - A Beaufort West police warrant officer lied and must be charged in connection with the death of 18-year-old Gerdo Karelse, Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) spokesperson Robbi Raburabu said.
The teenager was taken into custody on June 26 and was found dead in the holding cells the next morning. He had been kept in the cell with a fellow detainee, 29-year-old Zuko Mqungquthu, who had been arrested for domestic violence.
Mqungquthu was charged for Karelse’s murder. He appeared in court on June 28 and it was discovered that the teenager’s naked body was found in a pool of blood and had severe facial wounds.