Northmead resident still branded as a criminal

Sean Early has won his battle with police after his property was illegally raided three years ago.

The three-year legal battle between Sean Early and the Minister of Safety and Security is reaching its conclusion, with the resident’s lawyer, Konrad Röntgen Junior, saying police threw in the towel just before the matter was heard in court.

The City Times reported in the newspaper of February 7, 2014, of the raid at Early’s Fourth Avenue home, as police suspected there was illegal activity taking place.

The complainant said the SAPS raided his house after mistaking his address for that of another Northmead property, but one on Fourth Street.

It states in the settlement agreement that Benoni police “acted without the necessary warrant and or did not act within the parameters of the Criminal Procedure Act pertaining to seizure raids and entry”.

The 54-year-old claimed for just over R15 000 for damages police did to his property, which included damage to his main entrance gate, the electric fence and the gates and perimeter walls.

He also asked for R100 000 for damage to his reputation.

The final settlement is now being negotiated.

Early is happy the process is drawing to an end, but said residents on his street still brand him as a criminal.

“Hey, do you have anything for me to buy?” a man in the area regularly asks Early.

Early said the comments are unwelcome.

“I do not want to be known as the local dealer; I’m not involved in drugs,” he said.

The Northmead resident has not completely lost faith in the police.

“They are arrogant and they think they are the law, but that is a generalisation,” he said.

“There are obviously honest and good cops.”

Also read:

Red Ants remove 300 shacks

Follow us on these platforms:

Like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

For news straight to your phone invite us:
WhatsApp: 079 431 1217

Instagram: benonicitytimes.co.za

  AUTHOR
Kevin van der List
Editor

find your
dream home

looking for an
affordable
apartment

List your Property

It's easy in only three
simple steps...

find professional
services in
your area

Locate a business
operating in
your area

List your Business

Want more customers? They're online right now, searching for businesses like yours. Place your ad now...

Latest News

COMMENTS

boksburgadvertiserbrakpanheraldspringsadvertiserafricanreportergetit Autodealer.co.za
Top

Thanx for your referral. We have no doubt your friends will love our newsletter as much as you!

Don't forget to verify your email.

SUBSCRIBE
to our free NEWSLETTER
!
SUBSCRIBE to our FREE newsletter.




SELECT your titles:

African Reporter
Benoni City Times
Boksburg Advertiser
Brakpan Herald
Germiston City News
Springs Advertiser
Tembisan


Your details:


Your friends:

I didn't sign up for this
I'd like to see and read more... (Please indicate in comments section below)
I'm relocating (Please indicate where to)
Other