One of three police officers who have been charged following the murder of Eldorado Park teenager Nathaniel Julius has been granted bail in the Protea Magistrates’ Court today.
Sergeant Voster Netshiongolo made a second application to be released from custody today and was granted R10 000 bail, reports IOL.
Netshiongolo, Sergeant Simon Ndyalvane and Constable Caylene Whiteboy from Eldorado Park Police Station were arrested after Nathaniel was shot dead in August.
Ndyalvane and Whiteboy have been charged with murder, discharging of a firearm in a public place, being in possession of prohibited ammunition and defeating the ends of justice.
Netshiongolo is charged with defeating the ends of justice and being in possession of illegal ammunition.
Magistrate David Mhango initially denied all three men bail, but Netshiongolo applied again citing new facts he needed to present to court.
After today’s proceedings, Nathaniel’s mother Bridget Harris told IOL: “Nathaniel was my son. I carried him for nine month and he’s now dead at 16.
“The very same man who tampered with the evidence (in his murder case) has now been granted bail. How do you justify this?”
According to the report, it emerged in court that 16-year-old Nathaniel, who was born with Down Syndrome, was shot by Whiteboy who alleges that Ndyalvane told her to pull the trigger.
Whiteboy has told the court she did not know the gun was loaded with live ammunition.
The court also found that Netshiongolo, who was on leave when the shooting happened, took orders from Ndyalvane to plant ammunition at the scene and cover Nathaniel’s blood with sand.
Ndyalvane and Whiteboy are to remain in custody as the case unfolds.