Paul O’Sullivan hit with additional charges

Paul O'Sullivan. Picture: Gallo Images.

Forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan’s and his co-accused Sarah Jane Trent have today been hit with four additional charges.

The pair have been charged with four counts of the contravention of the prevention and combating of corrupt activities act.

The controversial investigators ongoing court case was today postponed to 9 June as he is out of the country.

O’Sullivans lawyers confirmed to ANN7 that their client is currently in London, England.

His co-accused Sarah Jane Trent who was present at the Pretoria Magistrates court this morning, confirmed the four additional charges.

O’Sullivan is accused of impersonating a Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) official during the corruption investigations into acting police commissioner Lt-Gen Khomotso Phahlane.

According to a state prosecutor in total both Sullivan and Trent now face 10 charges.

O’Sullivan is currently out on R10 000 bail.

The additional charges come against the background of O’Sullivan being embroiled in the on-going spat between police commissioner Lt-Gen Khomotso Phahlane and Ipid head, Robert Mcbride.

On Tuesday MPs of the police portfolio committee were highly critical of his involvement in the saga.

Phahlane accused O’Sullivan and McBride of pushing a smear campaign against him in order to discredit him.

“IPID should be called OPID because they are captured by Mr O’Sullivan. I’d also like to congratulate Mr McBride & Mr O’Sullivan on a well oiled propaganda machine,” said Phahlane.

According to McBride, O’Sullivan is a South African citizen who also holds dual citizenship.

Mcbride said the investigator has helped with statements taken in the Phahlane investigation.

Only six complaints were received out of a total of 67 statements taken, McBride said.

-TNA Reporter. Additional reporting by Kalden Ongmu.