Cop charged with beating car guard to death over cellphone
Police officer Sergeant Eldrin Snyers, who allegedly beat to death a car guard he had accused of stealing his cellphone and dumped his body, made a first appearance in court yesterday.
The Kei Mouth police officer allegedly assaulted Club Glide car guard Juvan Fourie, 37, outside a Parkside drinking hole in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Snyers is alleged to have assaulted Fourie, with his co-accused and friend, Keanan Basson.
They allegedly accused him of stealing Snyers’ Samsung S5 smart phone – which costs about R1500 – something the guard denied. The two were denied bail yesterday in the East London Magistrate’s Court.
He was such a good person, whatever money he would make he would bring home and would say I must buy things for the children.
The two men allegedly dragged Fourie to Eloyse Jagers’ yard in Rotterdam Street. The woman claims she witnessed the beating.
Fourie’s body was found a few hours later, close to a dumping site in Pefferville, about 500m from Jagers’ house.
Fourie’s heartbroken girlfriend of 18 years, Marilyn Don, who is a waitress at Club Glide, cried uncontrollably as she imagined life without her three children’s father.
“He was such a good person, whatever money he would make he would bring home and would say I must buy things for the children.
“He would wait for me when I knocked off from the club at 6am and we would walk home together. He loved his children dearly.”
A distraught Virginia Eksteen, the couple’s neighbour, said: “He was not a rude person, he was very helpful. I would come and do my laundry here and he would help.
“He was hardworking. I have never had problems with him.
“He loved his kids a lot.”
Club Glide owner Ivan Don was also full of praise.
“He was a quiet person, he had his days but he was reliable,” he said.
Police spokeswoman Captain Hazel Mqala referred questions to the police watchdog body, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).
Ipid spokesman Moses Dlamini said: “Ipid is indeed investigating a case of murder against the suspect. The crime scene was attended by an Ipid investigator.”
Dlamini said the accused would appear for a formal bail application today. The two accused are in custody. — firstname.lastname@example.org