No bail for policewoman after husband’s shooting death

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A 47-year-old police sergeant from Soshanguve who is accused of murdering her husband was refused bail on Friday.

Kate Lindiwe Hlongwane, attached to the Dube police station’s visible policing unit, is on trial on charges of premeditated murder following the shooting death of her husband, Russel (40).

Russel was also the father of Hlongwane’s three minor children.

Lumka Mahanjana, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority in Gauteng, says the couple apparently got into an argument on January 28 at their home in Soshanguve. During the argument, Russel was shot several times with his wife’s service pistol.

A neighbor who heard the shots and responded to them apparently found Russel on the ground in the couple’s yard. He rushed to Akasia Hospital where Russel died a few hours later.

Hlongwane was arrested the same day. The case was also referred to the independent police directorate (Opod).

“Hlongwane denied in court that she killed her husband intentionally, and said that the firearm was fired when she and her husband wrestled with the weapon. She asked the court to release her on bail in light of this as she is the primary carer of their three children,” said Mahanjana.

“State counsel Tumelo Letaoana opposed bail, arguing that she had absolved herself of the responsibility to take care of her children; and that the children are now in the care of the victim’s family.”

Letaoana further said that Hlongwane planned her husband’s murder.

The lawyer played a voice message to the court in which a woman, apparently Hlongwane, tells a friend that she is “tired of her unfaithful husband” and that she is now going to use her power.

The magistrate agreed with the state and denied Hlongwane bail.

The case was adjourned until April 29 for further investigation.