Duma stabbing: no bail for accused

2012-05-15 00:00

THE man accused of murdering South African polo player Sibusiso Duma will remain in police custody for his own safety.

Sibongiseni Mchunu (24) was denied bail in the Howick Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Magistrate Thembinkosi Nene said the evidence produced showed that the state had a very strong case against Mchunu.

“A person who has committed an offence must be tried in a court of law in the name of justice,” said Nene. “If the accused is released on bail, and is then killed by members of the outraged community, there will be no justice for the community and the accused,” he said.

The trial was adjourned to June 5 to allow for further investigation.

Duma’s sister, Sthembile, told The Witness she was relieved.

“Everyone that was here in court who is from the community is relieved,” she said.

“It is the right decision to keep [Mchunu] inside until he had been sentenced.”

Mchunu is facing a charge of murder, assault and assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm. He is alleged to have killed Duma by stabbing him five times in Lidgetton on May 1.

Last week Mchunu admitted to stabbing his girlfriend, Smangele Sowotza during an argument over an alleged missed call she had received from Duma.

Duma reportedly saw Sowotza socially before he learnt she was at that time also dating Duma.

State prosecutor Andre de Nysschen told The Witness that depending on a medical report, the assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm charge might be changed to one of attempted murder.

• lunga.biyela@witness.co.za

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