Alert cop spots wanted man

2014-01-24 00:00

A MAN appeared in court yesterday charged with murder after a sharp-eyed detective allegedly recognised his face from a police identikit picture.

Brendon Joseph (36) of Newlands West, Durban, is accused of murdering 43-year-old Mogombal Gharib, and the attempted murder of her co-worker Mavis Myeza (47) at Tab Gold Betting in Pietermaritzburg on April 4, 2012.

Gharib died of multiple stab wounds to her back and Myeza suffered multiple stab wounds to her upper body and left arm, police said.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the investigating officer in the murder case recognised Joseph from the police identikit of the suspect, which resulted in Joseph’s arrest in connection with the case.

At the time Joseph was among three suspects who were being questioned in connection with another robbery at a Pietermaritzburg clinic.

Joseph appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on three separate occasions yesterday.

He was charged with the murder and attempted murder of Gharib and Myeza.

He was also charged with the robbery with aggravating circumstances of Morganagy Poonsamy at Maritzburg city clinic in Langalibalele Street on November 11, 2013.

He was further charged with the robbery with aggravating circumstances of Jumping Chao, who was threatened with a firearm at the Continental restaurant in Pietermaritz Street on October 13 last year.

The robbers escaped with R10 000 cash, an iPhone, two Nokia cellphones, airtime and cigarettes, as well as a computer tower and a LG monitor.

Joseph appeared in court alongside two co-accused — Cindy Moodley (35) and Malawian national Ismail Moosa (30) — in connection with the clinic robbery, during which the victim was allegedly held at gunpoint and robbed of a computer system worth R10 000 and R1 000 in cash.

For the restaurant robbery, Joseph has been charged together with John White (21) and Ismail Moosa again.

Joseph alone stands charged with Gharib’s murder and the attempted murder of Myeza.

Joseph, who is represented by Pietermaritzburg attorney Anand Pillay, was not asked to plead to any of the charges against him before magistrate Ashin Singh.

His bail application, in connection with both the clinic robbery and the murder and attempted murder charges, is scheduled to take place on February 7.

The case in which he and his co-accused are charged with holding up the Continental restaurant, was adjourned to February 5.

Describing how Gharib met her death, Zwane said she and Myeza were at work at Tab Gold Betting on April 4, 2012, when a man who was known to Gharib entered the premises and went into her office.

He said an argument broke out and the man stabbed Gharib many times in her back, fatally wounding her.

“Myeza heard Gharib screaming.

“She immediately went to investigate. She was confronted by the suspect who also stabbed her in the chest and arm.

“Myeza then ran to a neighbouring shop owner to seek help, and the suspect subsequently fled the scene.

“A bag containing tape and cable ties was found at the scene,” said Zwane.

A police identikit of the killer was subsequently released to the media.

The Provincial Commissioner of KwaZulu Natal, Lieutenant- General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, praised those responsible for the arrests of the suspects and also for their dedication.

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