Shanduka mine manager killed with own gun

2014-12-02 20:18

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Pietermaritzburg - Three men waited until dark for Shanduka Coal mine manager Tim Green to arrive at his farm home and shot him with a firearm stolen from his home, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg heard on Tuesday.

Siyabonga Mhlungu, 28, and Mfanakhona Masiteng, 23, both of the Newcastle district, are on trial for Green's murder.

Green was shot in the head and limbs on Sunday, 11 August last year, but managed to make cellphone calls to a friend and a colleague. He died before they, the police, and emergency services arrived.

One of the men waiting for Green, Thulani Khubeka, who is now serving a life sentence for Green's murder after pleading guilty, was testifying for the State against his former accomplices Mhlungu and Masiteng.

They pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, aggravated robbery, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Khubeka said as Green drove up and was trying to open a gate, Mhlungu shot him. Green ran to the other side of his car and made a call. Khubeka said four shots were fired.

He said Masiteng told him to help carry various goods, including a gun safe, from Green's home to a bakkie.

Khubeka said after their arrest they were asked in the Newcastle police station if they wanted to make a statement. Khubeka agreed and it was read back to him.

The trial continues.

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