15 in court for casino robbery

2013-04-30 09:01
A member of a heist gang whose plans to rob the Emperors Palace casino on the East Rand were foiled by police, lies on the ground after being arrested. (Nelius Rademan, Beeld)

A member of a heist gang whose plans to rob the Emperors Palace casino on the East Rand were foiled by police, lies on the ground after being arrested. (Nelius Rademan, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Fifteen men who allegedly attempted to rob the Emperors Palace casino are expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

On Sunday, Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said police at the casino received a tip-off that 19 men were going to rob the venue.

Police confronted a group at the entrance and a shoot-out ensued.

Two of the men were shot and wounded, while three others were arrested. The two were under police guard at a local hospital.

Police then followed another group of five men in a car down the road from the casino. All were arrested.

He said police searched for the nine men around the hotel and casino, and arrested four more.

Three AK-47 assault rifles, four pistols and one revolver were recovered at the scene.

A stray bullet grazed the head of a 5-year-old girl inside the casino's hotel. She was rushed to a nearby hospital.

On Monday, Life the Glynnwood Hospital said the girl was stable and recovering well.

The men face charges of conspiracy to rob, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms, and possession of suspected stolen vehicles.
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