Mthethwa bodyguard case thrown out

2012-03-26 13:03
Cape Town - The trial of a police bodyguard accused of breaking into a minister's home was struck from the roll on Monday because the wrong interpreter was provided.

Ianval Suiling Isaacs, 33, appeared in the Wynberg District Court in Cape Town on Monday for allegedly breaking into the home of Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

In the dock with him were Amdat Hossain, 42, and Mohammad Shahpul, 34.

Defence attorney Zirk Mackay expressed shock on learning that the interpreter provided was Bulgarian and not Bengali, as had been requested.

The case was previously postponed because no interpreter could be found.

"We've done this three times already before. Certainly, we are not here on legal aid... It's costing our clients money," he said.

A suitable interpreter was called from Bellville but failed to arrive on time.

The case was struck off the roll until the State could sort out the interpretation.

Mackay asked that he and fellow attorney Ntando Kali be contacted when the State was ready so they could locate their clients and inform them to appear.

"We very commonly sit with this matter where a [arrest] warrant is granted because the accused can't be found," Mackay said.

Isaacs 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.

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

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