Ex-Blue Bull's trial continues

2013-12-17 09:18
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Johannesburg - Joseph Ntshongwana, the former Blue Bulls player accused of killing four people with an axe, is expected to appear in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court on Tuesday.

Previously, Ntshongwana's legal representative Themba Mjoli failed to arrive on two occasions for his trial. He had a letter delivered on 1 October  to the presiding judge to have the case postponed to after 14 October.

Acting Judge Irfaan Khalil, who read the letter out in court, said Mjoli had sufficient time to inform the court of his unavailability.

He said he felt Mjoli had acted "in a manner I consider disrespectful".

In an email sent to the court on September 30, Mjoli said he was an acting judge presiding over a case that was taking place in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

Khalil said Mjoli had known since May that Ntshongwana's trial would be continuing on 30 September.

He said the delay in court proceedings was unfair on Ntshongwana, the witnesses called to testify, the public, and court officials. Khalil adjourned the case to December 17 to set new trial dates for the new year.

Attempted murder

Ntshongwana is charged with the murder of Thembelenkosini Cebekhulu in Montclair on March 20, 2011, Paulos Hlongwa two days later, Simon Ngidi the following day, and an unidentified man sometime that week.

All were hacked to death with an axe.

He is accused of kidnapping and raping a woman on 28 November 2010, and of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

He also faces two charges of attempted murder.

He has pleaded not guilty.

The woman, who cannot be named, was kidnapped in central Durban and held captive for three days.


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