Macia cops to be sentenced in September

2015-08-25 19:20
The nine accused of killing Mico Macia. (Adam Wakefield, News24)

The nine accused of killing Mico Macia. (Adam Wakefield, News24)

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Pretoria - Sentencing of the eight former police officers who murdered taxi driver Mido Macia will take place next month.

Pretoria High Court Judge Bert Bam on Tuesday postponed the matter to September 22.

"Don’t do that," he snapped at prosecutor Charles Mnisi when he told Bam he was "thinking out loud" about whether that date suited him. Mnisi eventually agreed to it.

Bam concluded his four-and-a-half hour judgment by telling the eight men to stand. He then dropped the axe: "You are found guilty of murder". They were then led down to the court cells.

Bam interrupted his judgment for only 15 minutes, when Mnisi told him the translator needed a break. Bam was later forced to concede another five minutes when an elderly man had a seizure in the public gallery and was carried out.

He found all eight acted in common purpose when handcuffing Macia to the back of a police van, dragging him behind it, and then beating him up in the cells of the Daveyton police station on Tuesday February 26 2013. Macia was found with his head in a pool of blood.

"It is found that accused two to eight assaulted the deceased in the cells, thereby seriously injuring him. There can be no doubt that they foresaw that the injuries could result in his death."

Accused number one, Meshack Malele, claimed Macia punched out one of his teeth when he was confronted about his minibus taxi obstructing traffic on a Daveyton street. He was not involved in the beating in the cell as he had gone to find a doctor.

All of them lied to the court, Bam said. He rejected their claim that they did not know Macia was seriously injured.

Summarising the evidence of pathologist Solly Skosana, who conducted the post mortem, Bam said there were extensive soft tissue and severe blunt force injuries.

Macia had suffered more "directed violence" than the officers had let on about in their testimony.

"The injuries to the deceased’s testicles could only have been caused by direct violence, like a kick," Bam read from his written judgment.

Macia died from extensive soft tissue injuries and hypoxia.

One of the officers was discharged earlier in the trial due to insufficient evidence. The remaining eight were Malele, 46, Thamsanqa Mgema, 35, Percy Jonathan Mnisi, 26, Bongamusa Mdluli, 25, Sipho Sydwell Ngobeni, 30, Lungisa Gwababa, 31, Bongani Kolisi, 27 and Linda Sololo, 56.

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