Snow delays double murder trial in Kokstad

2011-07-27 00:00

THE high court trial of three men charged with the gruesome double murder of a couple who were allegedly burned alive at Mount Currie in the Kokstad area on August 30, 2006, was delayed yesterday because Kokstad prison was cut off by heavy snowfalls.

One of the three accused, Unathi Mboniswa (22), is being held in the Kokstad prison. Prison authorities said they hope to be able to bring him to court today.

The trial of Mboniswa, Xolani Silangwe (25) and Jomo Mbotho (34) is part heard, having started in Ramsgate before Judge Piet Koen during an earlier session.

The trio have pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances as well as malicious injury to property.

The state alleges that lovers Sikhumbuzo Tuta and Nolwazi Faku were held up as they sat in their car.

According to the indictment, Tuta was pushed from the driver’s seat into the passenger seat and one of the assailants took over the wheel. His two co-accused occupied the back seat.

As they drove around the Kokstad area the two victims were robbed of property, including cellphones and a bank card.

Near Kalahari Farm in Kokstad, it is alleged, the attackers stopped the car, forced Tuta into the boot and placed Faku on the front passenger seat. Both victims were tied up.

The robbers set the vehicle alight.

The couple’s charred remains were recovered in and near the burnt-out shell of the car on September 17, 2006.

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