4 men in robbery case denied bail

2014-03-10 00:00

FOUR Gauteng men charged with robbing a disabled man of R50 000 after following the vehicle he was in from the bank where the cash was withdrawn last month had no apparent business in Pietermaritzburg except to commit crime.

This was the view expressed by Pietermaritzburg magistrate Ashin Singh, who denied the four suspects bail on Friday. They are; Nkosinathi Dlamini (30), Wandile Dlamini (26), Jerold Thabo Ndlovu (24) and Mthokozisi Gumede (40).

Singh was told by investigating officer Warrant Officer Robin Mays that the four accused were also on the verge of being arrested for a similar armed robbery in Vryheid in northern KZN involving a sum of R100 000.

Mays said this was one of a number of other similar cases being investigated against the men.

The court heard that the men had allegedly tried to “bribe” police officers involved in the case, an offence for which they have yet to be charged with.

Mays said in an affidavit that he feared that if released they would try to influence the outcome of the case, and would also be a danger to the public. “The accused waited and preyed upon an unsuspecting victim who was wheelchair bound. The complainant was in no way able to defend himself against the attack,” said Mays.

The men are charged with robbing Aaron Kheswa in a vehicle in Victoria Road soon after R50 000 was withdrawn from the Standard Bank at Chatterton Road (near the traffic circle).

Mays said descriptions of the suspects and the getaway vehicle were circulated and the vehicle was soon spotted driving at high speed.

“The suspects were eventually stopped and the money recovered hidden in the motor vehicle,” he said.

Mays said the car they were travelling in was stolen and had a false licence disc and number plates.

He said he was opposed to the four men being given bail because he considered all of them to be a flight risk.

The case has been adjourned to April 14.

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