A disgraced former member of the Port Elizabeth gang task team who kept mum on the whereabouts of a notorious gangster, also her then secret lover, was back in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, this time limping in crutches claiming that she had fallen and injured herself.
Detective Constable Alicia Beeming was issued with a warrant of arrest after failing to pitch for pre-sentencing proceedings on Tuesday. Her release on warning was cancelled and Beeming was made to pay an amount of R500 for bail.
Beeming was convicted on a charge of defeating the ends of justice after pleading guilty to the charge earlier in August.
State Advocate Jason Thysse told the court that Beeming did not explain why she did not keep to her appointments with her probation officer. Thysse said that she had made several excuses for being a no show.
In September she told the probation officer she could not make it due to family commitments, in October she skipped another appointment claiming she had been bitten by a spider and hospitilised. She then stopped answering calls from the probation officer and on Tuesday the court heard she had been stung by a spider, Thysse said.
“We don’t know what will happen today [Wednesday],” said a concerned Thysse.
Magistrate Onke Myataza said he was disappointed that Beeming had failed to honour appointments with her probation officer.
Myataza said the claim that she had fallen and had to go to the doctor was the complete opposite of what her attorney had told the court on Tuesday, that she was stung by a bee.
“Before this trial started I had to make an order for you to consult with your attorney because you did not and trial needed to start.”
Myataza ordered that Beeming meet with her probation officer with immediate effect. “If you breach any of these bail conditions I will authorise a warrant and you will have to wait in custody until the finalisation of this case,” said Myataza.
Following her departmental hearing during November last year, Beeming was sent back to her station of origin at the Motherwell police station, where she works within the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit.
Police had earlier confirmed that Beeming had been found guilty and had to pay a fine of R2,400. Beeming was given a sanction of dismissal that was suspended for six months on condition that she is not guilty of similar misconduct.
Beeming landed herself in hot water for keeping mum about her personal relationship with a high-ranking gang member, Hans Jordaan, all the while she was an active specialist investigator probing gang activity in Port Elizabeth’s northern areas.
Beeming had access to both covert and overt intelligence, as well as case dockets investigated by the Gang Task Team unit, all privileged information.
Beeming had information on the whereabouts of Jordaan, but kept silent about it while her unit was searching for him in connection with an attempted murder charge related to a gang shooting in 2014.
The case was postponed until December 14 when Beeming is expected to hear her fate.