O'Sullivan’s employee accused of impersonating Ipid official out on bail

Sarah-Jane Trent was arrested on Friday on charges of allegedly impersonating an official from police watchdog Ipid.

Forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan. Picture: Tara Penny/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – An employee of private investigator Paul O'Sullivan has been released on bail, just moments before her legal team approached the High Court in Pretoria with an urgent application.

Sarah-Jane Trent was arrested on Friday afternoon on charges of allegedly impersonating an official from the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).

O’Sullivan is the complainant in a corruption case against Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane.

Phahlane has strongly criticised Ipid for allegedly allowing O’Sullivan to manage the investigation which also implicates Trent.

Eyewitness News understands Trent was released at about nine-o-clock on Sunday night after an agreement was reached with the police on bail, however it’s unclear how much she had to pay.

Trent's attorney Louis Taljaard states in an affidavit which was to be used in an urgent application to secure the release of his client that her arrest and detention was unlawful.

Taljaard says the police refused to show Trent the arrest warrant, or disclose the reasons for her being detained.

He says she was also prevented from telling friends and family where she was being held, this was only established after efforts to by Taljaard to track her down.

The police are being equally obstructive with the media with the police’s Kay Makhubele saying he’s unaware of the arrest, while the Hawks’s Hangwani Mulaudzi says they didn’t arrest Trent.

(Edited by Neo Koza)