ESSENTIAL documents needed by the prosecution to prove the legal validity of statements made by two of the accused in the Metlife Plaza Wimpy robbery case were lost by state lawyers, the Port Elizabeth High Court heard yesterday.
Captain Willie Mayi said the police at New Brighton police station told him they only recently started to keep tabs on cell registers and occurrence books and to track who had possession of these books.
The registers are used to note information like the time that prisoners are locked into cells, and if they have any injuries or complaints.
He told the court that several civil cases, not related to the Wimpy robbery case, against the police had led to these books being requested by the police's lawyers and subsequently disappearing.
The trial continues today.
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