Razor blade accused out on bail

2012-02-02 11:52
Johannesburg - Five men accused of cutting a 62-year-old woman's throat with a razor blade were released on bail in a Limpopo court, according to a report on Thursday.

Beeld newspaper said the five men, accused of assaulting Anita Jacobs-Van Niekerk in her home, were granted R3000 bail each in the Naboomspruit Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Lerato Nkumane, 26, Willy Baloyi, 28, Ben Maake, 32, Frans Mokonyane, 27 and Jonathan Mathovela, 26, stand accused of stealing her handbag and withdrawing R7 000 cash from her bank account after forcing her to give them her PIN.

Mokonyane was believed to have done gardening work for her.

Police spokesperson Ronel Otto at the time said the men allegedly "assaulted the woman with fists and wounded her severely while trying to cut her throat with a razor blade".

The men were released on bail after their defence lawyer argued that the State did not have enough evidence to link them to the crime.

Jacobs-Van Niekerk is currently in a serious condition in hospital and is not able to speak or swallow.

Her 4-year-old grandson, who lived with her after his mother died, was receiving trauma counselling after seeing his grandmother in her injured state, shortly after the attack.

He was now living with another family member.

The case was postponed to March 14.
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