Murder trial co-accused refused bail

2009-12-31 00:00

A CO-ACCUSED of Sunesh Manilall (35) and his wife, Mumtaz Osman (34), who are charged with killing Manilall’s first wife Monika on February 3, 2006, was refused bail for the third time yesterday.

Mboniseni Victor Mbatha (28) lodged his third bail application before Judge Herbert Msimang, who ruled that he is still a flight risk and that he ought not to be granted bail.

Mbatha, Manilall and Osman pleaded not guilty to the murder of Monika Manilall, who was shot dead in her home by intruders.

The state alleges the motive arose from an affair between Sunesh and Osman.

Mbatha admitted that he drove three men to Manilall’s Howick West home, but said he was told by Sunesh Manilall that they were employees.

He said he was given directions to the house by Osman.

The trial resumes on April 19.

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