Theft trial of former head of SCCU accused of shoplifting postponed to June

Theft trial of former head of SCCU accused of shoplifting postponed to June

The theft trial against the former head of the Special Commercial Crimes Unit (SCCU) in the North West, Advocate Jeanette Nevelling, has been postponed again to 13 June 2022.

Nevelling, 53 was arrested on 16 February 2021 on allegations of shoplifting at a retail shop at The Crossing shopping mall in Mmabatho.

According to the statement by National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) she was released on R500 extended bail after she allegedly stole clothing and food items valued at R3000.

Nevelling has since resigned and effectively stopped being an NPA employee as of 30 October 2021.

Reason for trial to be postponed

Her trial was initially scheduled to start on 28 March 2022 but the state requested a postponement to a three-day schedule which was granted however the defence attorney rejected any dates being set citing that they have requested more footage from the security company contracted by Woolworths.

Her trial was scheduled to start on 6 April 2022, however her legal representative requested a postponement citing Ill-health as the reason.

The court granted her the postponement to also afford them time to source cellphone records that the intent to use in their defence.

“The state is ready to proceed with the trial and has long provided the defence attorney with the charge sheet as well as the video footage contained as evidence. The state hopes the trial commences on the set date and that all outstanding matters to be ventilated during trial proceedings.” the statement read.

Meanwhile, Adv. Mashudu Mudau from the Limpopo Division of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will represent the state, to ensure there is no perceived conflict of interest citing that Nevelling was a senior official within the division North West Division.

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