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‘Cop killer’ case postponed

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The case against Daniel Alberts, who is accused of fatally shooting two Kimberley police officers, has been postponed to March 2024 as the accused still has to undergo psychiatric evaluation.

Daniel Alberts, 38, is accused of shooting and killing two police officers attached to the Kimberley Flying Squad in August 2023. File picture: Soraya Crowie

THE CASE against Daniel Alberts, who is accused of fatally shooting two Kimberley police officers, has been postponed to March 2024 as the accused still has to undergo psychiatric evaluation.

The accused’s legal representative, Sharon Davids, told the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on January 29 that Alberts was 17th on the list of people who were waiting for a bed to be admitted for psychiatric observation.

Alberts, 38, is accused of fatally shooting Sergeant Kedimetse Masilo and Constable Okaetse Mandindi, who were attached to the Kimberley Flying Squad, following a high-speed car chase in the city on August 22 last year.

The two officers were reportedly shot and killed while trying to apprehend Alberts, who was wanted in connection with the theft of a motor vehicle in Bloemfontein.

Alberts allegedly shot the officers after he overpowered them and turned one of their own R5 rifles on them.

Both the officers were apparently shot four times.

Alberts was later that day arrested at Riverton and was allegedly found in possession of the R5 rifle and an unlicensed firearm as well as drugs.

Alberts is charged with two counts of murder, three counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances and one count of theft of motor vehicle.

He will remain in custody and will appear via the audio-visual remand (AVR) system at his next court date.

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