Delay in botched casino robbery case

2013-05-06 21:37

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Johannesburg - The case against 12 men accused of attempting to rob Emperors Palace casino was postponed in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Monday, the NPA said.

"The case was postponed to May 10 so that accused number 10 can secure legal representation, and for accused 11 and 12 to be released from hospital," said National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Medupe Simasuku.

Fifteen men were initially arrested for the foiled robbery at the casino last Sunday. Three were later released.

At the time police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said police found the three were not part of the gang.

Two men were recovering in Tembisa Hospital after police shot and wounded them.

Police were tipped off that a gang was planning to rob the gambling spot. They confronted the men at the casino's entrance and a shoot-out ensued.

Three AK-47 assault rifles, four pistols, and one revolver were seized. A 5-year-old girl was grazed by a stray bullet inside the casino's hotel.

The 12 face charges of conspiracy to commit robbery, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms, and possession of suspected stolen vehicles.

They will remain in custody.

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