Acharrie killing: bail opposed over ‘flight risk’

2011-06-21 00:00

TWO men who have been indicted to appear in the high court in Pietermaritzburg on September 7 for the murder of local businessman Kushendran Acharrie and on two other counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances applied for bail before magistrate Riaad Abrahams yesterday.

The state is opposed to bail being granted to Mondli Maphanga and Solethu Maduna, because it contends that they are a flight risk and that their release will result in the intimidation of state witnesses, who already believe their lives are in danger.

The state alleges that Acharrie and his wife were held up by armed men as they prepared to leave their business premises, Kush Conversions, in St Andrews Street in Pietermaritzburg in the early hours of October 21 last year.

The assailants fired at Acharrie and pulled him out of the vehicle, a BMW 325i.

When they could not start the car they robbed his wife, Pratisha, who was in the front passenger seat, taking her cellphone, pistol and handbag.

The bail application could not be completed yesterday and will resume again on July 1.

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