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Minister's bodyguard in court

2012-03-15 17:23

Cape Town - A police bodyguard accused of breaking into the Cape Town residence of Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa appeared in the Wynberg District Court in Cape Town on Thursday.

Ianval Suiling Isaacs' case, in which he is charged alongside Amdat Hossain, 42, and Mohammad Shahpul, 34, was postponed to March 26.

The 33-year-old from Wellington faces charges of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft, malicious damage to property, and fraud.

His two co-accused are charged with possession of stolen property.

The matter could not proceed on Thursday because the prosecuting authorities had not yet found a suitable interpreter for Hossain and Shahpul.

Isaacs allegedly broke into the minister's residence and stole a laptop and cellphone, which he then sold to his two co-accused. All three were arrested in September.

At their first court appearance, Isaacs was released on R1 000 bail, and his co-accused on R400 each.

Defence attorney Zirk Mackay told the court Hossain and Shahpul could understand English, but it was nevertheless in the interests of justice that a suitable interpreter attend the proceedings should any language difficulties arise.