‘Boiling water’ case soon

2014-04-08 00:00

THREE men are due to stand trial in the Pietermaritzburg High Court in June for a robbery during which they allegedly poured boiling water from a kettle over a woman and two children.

Mvusi Erasmus Dlamini (30) and Lucky Mbonambi (28), both of Umlazi, and Siyabonga Phakamani Mchunu (52) of Albert Falls are expected to stand trial from June 17 on charges relating to the attack on members of the Vally and Lakhi families at Albert Falls on February 26, 2012.

The “water torture” of Sumaya Vally, 10-year-old Basheera Lakhi and two-year-old Ahmed Lakhi, was allegedly used as a means to persuade their families to hand over their valuables.

The accused are charged with theft of a motor vehicle, robbery with aggravating circumstances, three counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, as well unlawful possession of semi-automatic firearms of which the serial numbers were removed, and unlawful possession of ammunition.

The accused are charged with robbing Fawzia Vally, Ahmed Lakhi and several members of their families of R11 150 in cash, cellphones, jewellery, a bank card and a 9 mm pistol during the incident.

The state alleges in its indictment that the three accused and others had planned the robbery ahead of time.

To that end they obtained a stolen car, a Toyota Corolla belonging to Jennifer Ambler, for use during the robbery.

They also allegedly realised that they might have to use force in the course of the robbery to overcome resistance, and armed themselves with loaded guns in preparation for that eventuality.

On the night in question, the two families, who are related to each other — Fawzia Vally, Ahmed Lakhi senior and junior, Feroza Lakhi, Khandiya Lakhi, Ebrahim Lakhi, Basheera Lakhi, Dawood Vally and Sumaya Vally — were together at Albert Falls when the robbers struck.

It is alleged they arrived at about 8.30 pm, armed with a “variety of firearms”.

After accosting the victims and holding them up at gunpoint, they helped themselves to whatever property they could get their hands on, and in a bid to induce them to hand over their valuables, the robbers “warmed a kettle” and then poured the boiling water over Sumaya Vally and the two children.

Afterwards the attackers fled the scene by vehicle.

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