Prosecutor in court for suitcase murder

2012-02-24 17:16
Pretoria - A prosecutor accused of murdering his girlfriend and stuffing her body into a dustbin appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Geoffrey Maponya had approached the State about a possible plea bargain, but had made no further communication on the matter, prosecutor Tania Carstens told the court.

She did not say when he had approached the State and no details of the discussions were revealed in court.

The case was postponed until March 23, to allow the State to receive further instructions from the directorate of public prosecutions.

Bail

Lawyer Jeffrey Ledwaba told the court he would approach the High Court to appeal against a decision to deny Maponya bail.

Ledwaba said he was representing Maponya only in the bail appeal, and had not received any instructions related to the case itself.

Maponya, 31, was denied bail in September. At the time, his legal counsel said he intended pleading not guilty.

He has been suspended from duty and faces an internal disciplinary hearing.

He was arrested in April, hours after the woman's body was found in a rubbish bin outside a block of flats in Church Street, Pretoria.

She was later identified as Zimbabwean Precious Sibanda, 20, of Schubart Park flats.

Maponya has been charged with murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and defeating the ends of justice.

- SAPA

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