Paul O’Sullivan appears in court on various charges
Pretoria, Thursday 16 February 2017: The South African Police Service can confirm that Paul Robert O’Sullivan (62 years of age) appeared in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court today, Thursday, 16 February 2017 and was granted bail of R10 000 subject to certain conditions.
The charges in connection with which O’Sullivan appeared are:
* Section 33(5) of the IPID Act, 2011 (Act 1 of 2011)
* Attempted extortion
The bail conditions were set as follows:
* The accused may not interfere, intimidate, contact or communicate with state witnesses either verbally, telephonically, by email or in any manner whatsoever;
* The names of witnesses may not be disclosed to any third party
* The accused may not go to Sable Hills Estate
* The accused must not commit any offences while on bail
* The accused must give prior notice to the investigator Brigadier PD Ncube before leaving the country.
The case was postponed for further investigation and O’Sullivan will appear in court again on 19 May 2017 with co-accused Ms Sarah Jane Trent.
O’Sullivan is presently before the courts as the accused in four (4) other cases, namely:
* A Bramley case of fraud and extortion, registered in April 2016, which will go to trial in Randburg between 3 and 5 April 2017
* A Rosebank case of kidnapping, registered in May 2016, which will go to trial in Randburg between 22 and 24 March 2017
* An OR Tambo International Airport case, registered in April 2016, in terms of the Immigration Act in which he will again appear in Kempton Park on 17 March 2017
* A Kempton Park case of extortion, fraud and intimidation, registered in March 2016, in which he will again appear in Kempton Park on 27 July 2017.
In three of these cases, members of the public are the complainants.
There are a number of other serious cases still under investigation, one of which dates back to 2014 and the majority of which were registered by members of the public.
The South African Police Service has stated repeatedly that we are not prepared to comment on matters that are under investigation. As per our standard practice, we refrained from naming arrested persons until they appeared in court. We will allow the judicial processes in these cases to unfold and evidence to be presented.