Beeming splits with her lawyer
A disgraced former detective convicted of defeating the ends of justice must now find a new defence counsel after her lawyer withdrew on Wednesday.
Hennie Bence shared his frustration with presiding magistrate Onke Myataza in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court over what he described as a lack of co-operation by his client, Alicia Beeming.
“I cannot continue to represent her,” Bence said.
“I went out of my way but the relationship was irretrievably broken down.
“I tried to hang in there but it’s not possible. On an ethical basis I can no longer proceed with the case.”
Beeming blamed stress for her conduct.
Myataza granted the application but warned Beeming to speedily get a new legal representative – as early as next week.
“I intend to finalise the matter. My advice to you is that you go and get an attorney.
“I will not entertain any request,” he said.
The case was postponed to February 27.
Beeming had kept mum on the whereabouts of a wanted gangster, Hans Jordaan – who turned out to be her secret lover at the time – and was subsequently convicted on August 27 2017.