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Student constable in court for shooting teen

2012-06-01 11:04

Johannesburg - Student constable Sipho Mbatha, accused of shooting dead a Soweto teenager, is to appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Friday.

He was denied bail at his last appearance.

Mbatha, 41, is accused of killing 16-year-old Thato Mokoka in Braamfischerville, Soweto, on February 14.

The unarmed teenager was shot three times with an R-5 rifle, while lying on the ground on his stomach outside his grandmother's home.

Mbatha claimed he bent over to search Mokoka when the shots went off.

In a previous court appearance, witnesses said Mbatha had tried to commit suicide.