Suspected robbers elated at release

2015-04-16 19:34


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Tonga - Two Mozambican nationals accused of robbing a shop belonging to an Indian national walked free when the case was provisionally struck from the court roll on Thursday.

Paito Khumbane, 30, and Jordaan Lazaro Nhanthumba, 26, had been kept in custody since January 26 and couldn't hide their happiness when Magistrate Edgar Moletsane called out their names and told them to go home.

"Go home because, for now, I don't find anything that links you to the robbery," said Magistrate Moletsane.

They previously pleaded not guilty to business robbery when appearing in the Tonga Regional Court.

The accused, who were renting rooms in Mafambisa near Naas on the Mozambican border, were arrested on January 26.

Investigating officer Constable Vusi Moses Thobela previously opposed the two's bail application.

At the time, he testified that police had strong evidence against the accused.

He added that the two did not have permanent physical addresses.

He said they were a flight risk because the maximum sentence for charges relating to business robbery was 15 years.

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