Former high court man admits guilt

2015-10-15 11:07
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Pietermaritzburg - Former Pietermaritzburg High Court manager Bhekumuzi Ronald Mtshali (48) on Wednesday paid a R1 000 admission of guilt fine in connection with a charge of theft.

Legal sources confirmed that Mtshali would gain a criminal record by paying the fine, but would avoid the expense and trauma of a trial.

Mtshali resigned from his position as high court manager recently after making court appearances in connection with the case. He was charged with the theft of a BMW tow eye cover worth “R600 to R800” from a vehicle belonging to local policeman Rajeev Soorajbally.

The incident took place in the parking lot at Liberty Midlands Mall on ­Saturday, July 25. CCTV footage of the incident led to Mtshali’s arrest and ­recovery of the stolen car part.

The case was postponed on various occasions while his lawyer made representations to the senior public prosecutor. These, however, did not succeed and the case was ordered to proceed to trial.

At court yesterday his lawyers once again held discussions with the prosecutor, following which the case was transferred for Mtshali to pay the R1 000 fine.

Legal sources said a man of Mtshali’s standing, and with a previously clean record, was unlikely to have been given a more severe sentence even if he had been tried and convicted

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