Cape Town – Convicted wife-beater Jaco Swart is in more trouble for another assault – this time on a female police officer.
But the notorious beer-loving wife-beater is nowhere to be found.
Having gained notoriety last year when a video clip of his brutal beating of estranged wife Nicoleen Swart went viral, Swart is again accused of Gender-based violence.
A summons has been issued against Swart to appear in court on 14 August 2023 on a new charge of assault, this time against policewoman, Warrant Officer Sonja Albertyn.
“But it is unlikely he will appear because he cannot be found in the country in order for the summons to be served on him,” AfriForum’s Private Prosecution Unit said Wednesday.
“The unit has been reliably informed that Swart has left South Africa and is now residing in the UK, where he is allegedly working unlawfully.
“The unit’s investigation and geolocation of photos Swart has recently posted to social media further indicates he is in the UK.”
AfriForum’s Private Prosecution Unit, which represents Warrant Office Albertyn in the assault matter, is calling for help to locate Swart.
This assault matter is being privately prosecuted by the unit.
Last year, Swart pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife Nicoleen, in a widely publicised case that revealed surveillance footage of Swart brutally kicking, punching, and manhandling his wife.
“The police have previously tried to serve a summons on Swart in connection with a fraud matter registered in Sinoville in Pretoria, but he could not be located,” AfriForum’s Private Prosecution Unit said.
The unit said it also represents the complainant in that case as well.
“Now, Swart is accused of assaulting Albertyn with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm,” the unit said.
Allegations are that an incident occurred on the morning of 13 January 2022, when Albertyn’s neighbour asked her for help.
The neighbour said her friend, Swart, was drunk after a night out and was refusing to leave her flat.
At one point, Swart allegedly locked the security gate and prevented the woman from leaving her flat.
Albertyn put her hand through the security gate and told Swart not to close the door.
Despite this, and knowing she was a police officer, he allegedly used force and slammed the door on her arm causing damage to her tendon.
Albertyn called for police backup and Swart eventually left the property.
Albertyn filed a criminal complaint against Swart at the Brackenfell Police Station, with CAS number 141/01/2022.
“The Director of Public Prosecutions in the Western Cape, Advocate Nicolette Bell, signed the certificate nolle prosequi on 26 May 2023,” the unit explained.
“In terms of the applicable legislation, there is a three-month time limit within which to initiate the private prosecution against an accused, hence the summons being applied for and issued at the Kuilsrivier Magistrate’s Court on 9 June 2023.”
However, the unit said it has been reliably informed that Swart has left South Africa and was now residing in the UK.
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