No bail for cop on murder charge

2012-10-09 00:00

POLICEMAN Constable Mthokozisi Elvis Mthethwa (26) from Mkuze police station, was provisionally denied bail at the Durban Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Mthethwa is charged with two counts of murder, of Mbalenhle Mngadi and her eight-month unborn baby, and the attempted murder of a five-month-old child.

According to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) national spokesperson, Moses Dlamini, it is alleged that Mthethwa, who was off-duty on Saturday night, was walking along Barrow Road in Cato Manor with three friends when they came across two men and an argument broke out.

“It is then alleged that the member drew his service pistol and fired several shots.

“An 18-year-old female bystander, Mbalenhle Mngadi, who was eight months pregnant, was shot and wounded,” said Dlamini.

She was rushed to King Edward hospital where she died on arrival.

Dlamini said the deceased was also carrying her friend’s five-month-old baby girl, who was shot in her right arm and was also admitted to the hospital.

The constable later handed himself over at the Cato Manor police station.

The case has been adjourned until October 19 for a formal bail application.

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