Minister's ex-bodyguard in court again

2012-01-18 21:13
Cape Town - A former bodyguard attached to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa made his third appearance in the Wynberg District Court in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Ianval Suilung Isaacs, 33, of Wellington, was charged with breaking into Mthethwa's Cape Town residence last year.

Isaacs was not asked to plead on charges of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft, malicious damage to property, and fraud.

He was in the dock with his two co-accused, Amdat Hossain, 42, and Mohammad Shapul Islam, 34, who were also not asked to plead.

Because the charges involve a police official, the local Directorate for Public Prosecutions "and not the local senior prosecutor" had to decide whether to proceed with the prosecution or withdraw the charges.

The DPP's decision was to be made known to the court at Wednesday's proceedings, but prosecutor R Kallis said he had not yet been notified.

He said he had been unable to reach the DPP to inquire, as their "system was down", but that he had agreed with the defence team, advocate Mtando Kali and attorney Zirk Mackay, to postpone the case to January 30.

The three were arrested in September last year and made their first court appearance the next day when they were released on bail. Isaacs was granted R1 000 bail and his two co-accused R400 each.

It is alleged that Isaacs stole Mthethwa's laptop and cellphone during the break-in and then sold the two items to his co-accused.

The three appeared before Magistrate Marietjie van Eeden, who warned them that they would be re-arrested and held in custody until the case had been finalised if they failed to appear again on January 30.

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