Court adjourns ATM bombings trial once again

2015-05-05 09:58

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THE trial of 10 men charged with setting off bombs at ATMs in KwaZulu-Natal between September 2012 and January 2013, has been adjourned until next week in the Pietermaritzburg high court.

The 10 accused face 31 charges including the murder of a local policeman, Constable Vidhur Jadoo during a shootout in Howick on November 7, 2012.

They are also charged with the murders of Sizwe Gule and Bongokuhle Nkosi, who were killed at Utrecht on December 5, 2013.

The ATM bombings occurred at Nottingham Road, Howick, Merrivale, Greytown and Utrecht.

The trial — surrounded by high security — was due to start in the Pietermaritzburg high court yesterday and had been set down for three weeks. However, it was adjourned until next Monday after the court was told that eight of the accused had dismissed their attorney and advocate and intend to hire a new legal team.

Private advocate Auret van Heerden, who was to appointed by the Legal Aid Board (LAB) to represent the two other accused in the case was granted permission by the court to withdraw.

The LAB will appoint new counsel for the accused.

“This is the second or third time this case has been set down for trial, each time for three week … it becomes financially impossible to remain in a trial that doesn’t get off the ground,” he said

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