New state witness in Acharrie murder case

2010-12-09 00:00

TWO men will stand trial in the high court in Pietermaritzburg next year for the murder of local businessman Kushendran Acharrie.

State advocate Dheelan Naidoo issued an instruction yesterday that the two accused, Mondli Maphanga and Solethu Maduna, be tried in the high court for Acharrie’s murder

They also face two counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances arising from the hijacking of Acharrie’s vehicle as well as that of another motorist, Lema Abebe, on October 21.

They are also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The trial date has not been set.

A third accused, Nhlakanipho Majola, will be tried separately in the regional court on a single count of robbery arising from the hijacking of Abebe.

Charges against a fourth man, Moreoa Molefe, were withdrawn and he is expected to testify for the prosecution.

The accused appeared briefly before magistrate Divesh Mootheram yesterday.

Indictments are expected to be served on them at their next appearance on January 21. Acharrie and his wife, Pratisha, were held up by armed men as they left their business on October 21. Police reported that the attackers shot Acharrie.

Abebe was hijacked later that same evening.

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