No bail on appeal for robbery accused

2008-12-22 00:00

A high court judge yesterday dismissed the bail appeals of two men charged in separate cases with committing armed robberies in Pietermaritzburg.

Judge Kevin Swain found in both cases that the accused did not show that exceptional circumstances existed to justify their release on bail.

In both bail hearings police witnesses testified that armed robberies are on the increase in the capital.

Patrick Ntshiza (32) of Sinathing is charged with an armed robbery at L&T Furniture Shop in Church Street on September 9. During the incident two victims were shot in the stomach inside the shop, and although they survived, one of them lost a kidney as a result of the shooting.

The robbers escaped with R12 000 and a ,45 calibre firearm.

The incident was captured on video, and police traced Ntshiza via the video footage.

The investigating officer, Inspector Robin Mays, said at the bail application business robberies are increasing in the city. In one week five armed robberies of businesses took place in the Central policing area alone.

The other case relates to an armed robbery in which a man jumped out of a minibus and accosted a woman walking along St Patrick’s Road in Scottsville. At gunpoint she was robbed of her cellphone and wallet.

The court was told the woman recognised the driver of the minibus, and through him police traced the accused, Mondli Maphanza (21) a student at the FET College.

Inspector Ablon Majozi said at the bail hearing that robberies are “popular” in that area, particularly robberies involving the use of dangerous weapons such as firearms.

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