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    Female police officer remains in custody for alleged murder of colleague

    A female police officer faces charges of murder for allegedly shooting her colleague during patrol in Gqeberha.

    Constable Iris Patience Joseph, 31, appeared before the Motherwell Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. The officer was formally charged with murder for allegedly shooting her colleague, the Hawks said.

    “She is remanded in custody until 7 July for a formal bail application. She was officially charged with murder and so far that is the only charge and no other suspects are involved yet,” said Eastern Cape Hawks spokesperson Captain Yolisa Mgolodela.

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    Joseph, who is attached to the Anti-Gang Unit in Gqeberha was among six officers who patrolled the KwaDwesi area on 17 June.

    Three of the officers noticed three men whom they stopped to search. Nothing was however found on them, Mgolodela explained.

    “All three [police] members are reported to have gone out of the vehicle to search the suspects and found nothing on them. The three [police officers] then returned to their vehicle, where three other members were waiting,” she said.

    A female cop, Iris Patience Joseph, was charged with murder for allegedly shooting her colleague. PHOTO: Facebook


    As the three officers entered the vehicle, they all heard a gunshot, which they thought nothing of.

    What the officers had not noticed however is that one of their colleagues in the backseat was unwell.

    “As they drove away from the scene, the driver noticed that the police member seated at the back was not looking well. The member at the back then told his colleagues that he was not feeling well and that his stomach was sore.”

    Captain Yolisa Mgolodela.

    It was then discovered that the officer had been shot. He was immediately rushed to Mercantile hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

    “The deceased had one gunshot wound to the left side of his stomach,” Mgolodela said.


    Investigations and tests found that the gunshot had come from one of his colleagues, Mgolodela told The South African.

    “Tests were conducted during investigations and they showed the suspect was associated and linked to the murder of the colleague.”

    Joseph was subsequently arrested on Tuesday.

    How the murder happened was still unclear but details will be revealed at the trial.

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