Suspect hijackers in court

2010-11-02 00:00

A FOURTH accused appeared in the Pietermaritzburg magistrate’s court yesterday in connection with the robbery and murder of Pietermaritzburg businessman and drag racing enthusiast, Kushendran Acharrie on October 21.

Solethu Maduna (33) of Unit 13,Imbali, joined Mondli Maphanga, Moreoa Molefe and Nhlakanipho Majola in the dock yesterday.

While Maduna, Maphanga and Molefe all face charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances and murder of Acharrie, as well as of hijacking another local man, Lema Abebe and robbing him of his Toyota Corolla the same day, Majola is charged only with the latter incident.

Police said Majola was not present when Acharrie was robbed of his vehicle and shot.

Molefe faces an additional charge of unlawful possession of Acharrie’s ,45 pistol and two rounds of ammunition, which the police recovered during the course of the arrests.

None of the accused has been asked to plead to any charges and the case was postponed to November 17 when it is expected that some of the accused will bring a formal bail application.

Acharrie and his wife Pratisha were held up by armed men as they prepared to leave their business premises, Kush Conversions, in St Andrews street in the early hours of October 21.

The assailants fired at Acharrie and pulled him out of his vehicle, a BMW 325i. They then made off with his car, cellphone, pistol and his wife’s handbag.

The same evening — about 5.35 pm — Abebe was hijacked at gunpoint whilst seated in his car at the intersection of Longmarket and Scott streets.

He was also robbed of a cellular phone.

After the hijackers sped away in his car members of the Pietermaritzburg Project team spotted the stolen vehicle in Imbali and a high speed chase ensued.

The Corolla stopped after the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit a curb. Two occupants managed to elude police on foot, while two suspects were apprehended and arrested at the scene.

A third was arrested later that same evening.

Maduna was arrested over the past weekend.

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