Sentencing delayed for S.African police who murdered taxi driver

22nd September 2015, Comments 0 comments

A judge on Tuesday postponed the sentencing of eight South African policemen convicted of murdering a Mozambican man who died after being dragged behind a police van.

The treatment of Mido Macia, which was captured on cellphone video by bystanders, sparked outrage and threw the spotlight on South Africa's police force and frequent allegations of brutality.

Judge Bert Bam deferred handing down the sentences to November 11 at the request of the defence which said it needed more time to prepare pre-sentencing arguments.

Macia, a taxi driver, was found dead in a police cell in February 2013 two hours after he was handcuffed to the back of a police van and dragged hundreds of metres (yards) in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg.

The 27-year-old Macia had been arrested for parking his car on the wrong side of the road.

Judge Bam found all eight officers captured on the video were guilty of murder, dismissing their defence that Macia violently resisted arrest and had assaulted a police officer.

© 2015 AFP

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