Man who stabbed PMB K9 Unit dogs refused bail

2015-12-29 09:21
Constable Jackie Marais comforts her dog Rex at a local vet.

Constable Jackie Marais comforts her dog Rex at a local vet. (Supplied)

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­Pietermaritzburg - A man charged with stabbing and ­seriously injuring two police dogs last month has been refused bail by a ­Pietermaritzburg magistrate.

Phelelani Ntsele (23), who lives in Tamboville location, is charged with ­malicious injury to property arising from the serious injuries he inflicted on the canine officers, Rex and Spike, from the Pietermaritzburg K9 Unit.

The court was told that at the time of his arrest Ntsele was found to have sustained unexplained dog bites for which he had not received medical ­treatment.

Rex and Spike were injured in Dickens Road on November 25 when, ­accompanied by their dog handlers ­Constable Jackie Marais and Sergeant Sean Noordman, they chased and ­cornered a suspect in an attempted housebreaking incident.

The dogs were allegedly stabbed ­repeatedly with a carving knife and had to undergo surgery.

Rex and Spike are currently on the mend, and The Witness has reported that they are expected to resume duties in January or February next year.

Opposing bail for Ntsele, the ­investigating officer in the case, Warrant Officer Glen Bruce, said in an affidavit that although Ntsele is currently only charged with malicious injury to ­property for attacking the police dogs, another charge of housebreaking would be added to the charge sheet.

This relates to the alleged ­housebreaking incident from which he fled from police, subsequently stabbing the dogs.

Ntsele also had a previous conviction for housebreaking and robbery in 2010, for which he was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment.

Bruce said Ntsele has no fixed address, and was considered a flight risk as he had no assets and lives with a female friend.

He was unemployed and was likely to commit further crimes if released on bail, he added.

“The accused committed a ­housebreaking in the Alexandra Road ­area. He was pursued by police who used dogs to track him. When the dogs apprehended him, he stabbed them and managed to flee,” said Bruce.

He said Ntsele had been pointed out as the person involved in the incident by the police dog handlers who saw him at the scene.

He had dog bites that he could not explain and which had not been treated by a doctor.

In his affidavit, Ntsele described himself as a “casually employed grass cutter” earning R60 per day.

He said he intends pleading not guilty to the charge.

He offered to raise R1 000 for bail.

Bail was, however, refused and he was remanded pending his next appearance on January 11, 2016.

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