Bail postponed in battery acid murder case

2015-10-02 09:10
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Pietermaritzburg - The bail application of the man charged with murdering Lifeline staffer Thulile Phungula (23) by forcing her to drink battery acid was adjourned on Thursday.

Siphiwe Mbanjwa (35) is charged with attacking Phungula at Imbali on August 21.

The state says that Phungula met Mbanjwa at her gate, where he grabbed her by the neck and dragged her into a bush. There he forced her to drink the acid. Police reported at the time that Phungula managed to return home and was rushed to Grey’s Hospital, but later died.

She apparently identified her assailant before dying.

Phungula’s former colleagues at Lifeline filled the courtroom yesterday in anticipation of the bail hearing.

They had earlier handed over a petition to the state prosecutor, opposing bail for Mbanjwa.

The court was told that the investigating officer in the case was not available yesterday, so the bail application could not proceed.

It was postponed until October 7

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