Former police reservists guilty of colleague’s murder over weapons heist

2012-07-03 00:00

TWO former Durban police reservists were found guilty yesterday of the murder of a colleague arising from an armed hold-up during which 15 firearms were stolen from the satellite police station where they were based in February 2009.

The murder victim, Reserve Sergeant Mandlenkosi Walter Thusi, was shot dead at his home in Inanda on May 8, 2009, after pointing out a suspect in the robbery case during a police identity parade, according to evidence led in the trial.

Judge Jacqui Henriques yesterday found in her judgment delivered in the high court in Pietermaritzburg that Thabani Mchunu (26) and Pretty Khuzwayo (27) were guilty of Thusi’s murder and were also guilty — along with their co-accused, Petros Sithole (37) — of involvement in the robbery at the SA Police Service joint operations centre at Boscombe Terrace in Durban, where they were stationed at the time.

Judge Henriques said all three accused had made confessions following their arrests, which were ruled to be admissible by the court.

A state witness in the case, Reserve Constable Sthembiso Dlamini, who was also at the police station when the robbery occurred, told the court that before attending a police identity parade about a month later, he had received a phone call from an unidentified person who said they knew his name, where he stayed and the route he travelled home.

He was told not to identity anyone on the identification parade as they would catch up with him.

Dlamini said he did not identify anybody when he attended the identity parade, along with Thusi.

Submissions on sentencing will be presented by the state and defence today.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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