Heist trial delayed again

2008-08-19 00:00

A pension pay-out heist and attempted murder trial that was due to start five years ago was delayed again yesterday — this time because of faulty court recording equipment — at the Ramsgate High Court.

Until yesterday the delays were blamed on the fact that the two accused are alleged escape artists. One of their co-suspects of five years ago also escaped and was shot dead, while another who escaped was detained in Gauteng on another charge, but released on bail because the police did not check that he was wanted in KZN. He has never been seen again.

Due to appear in court today are Phumlani Dlezi (24) of Port Edward and Fungile Dlanjwa (44) of Cape Town.

Just before their trial was to start five years ago, Dlenzi escaped from Port Shepstone prison with the help of a warden. He was re-arrested, but escaped from Butterworth prison.

Re-arrested again in Umtata, he escaped from the police cells, and re-arrested again in Butterworth, he escaped from the charge office. Re-arrested in Umtata, he was brought back to Port Shepstone where he was sentenced to three years’ jail for escaping. After serving his time and before he could be arrested for the heist, he escaped in Umtata, but was caught again in Butterworth.

Dlanjwa also escaped in 2003, was traced to Cape Town and re-arrested in Gugulethu.

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