Police brutality accused escapes jail time
Gerrit Januarie was one of two police officers caught on video beating a Nigerian man earlier this year.
CAPE TOWN - A former Cape Town police officer who was involved in an assault of a Nigerian man will not face jail time.
Gerrit Januarie was one of two police officers caught on video beating Nigerian national Clement Emekensha in March.
The video, which went viral, clearly shows the two officers beating and kicking him repeatedly.
The victim makes no attempt to fight back.
The attack took place outside a sports bar in the Cape Town CBD.
Today, Januarie was given a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to an assault charge earlier this month.
Cape Town Magistrate Mogamat Esau listed a few reasons why the former police officer will not face jail time.
Esau said he former warrant officer has been stripped of his dignity and after serving in the police force for more than 20 years, he now sits unemployed.
Januarie resigned shortly after the attack.
Esau also added he played a minor role in the attack compared to his co-accused who will stand trial next year.
Januarie will however face two years of correctional supervision and is under house arrest for the next year.