Robber denies water torture

2016-05-18 11:21

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Pietermaritzburg - The man accused of pouring boiling water over members of the Lakhi and Vally families in a bid to force them to hand over valuables during a robbery in 2012, denied on Tuesday that he had anything to do with the “water torture”.

Mvusi Dlamini (32) of Umlazi admitted in his evidence before Judge Nkosinathi Chili yesterday that he was present at the robbery scene in Albert Falls on February 26, 2012 but said he had no idea what his companions were up to at the time.

In reply to questions by his legal aid- appointed advocate Di Franklin, Dlamini denied he had poured boiling water over any of the victims.

Dlamini was identified by Sumaiya Vally and Fawzia Vally during their testimony as the man who boiled a kettle and who, on separate occasions, poured boiling water onto them as well as on two-year-old Ahmed Lakhi junior.

The two women testified that they could “never forget” the face of the man who burnt them.

But in his evidence yesterday Dlamini said the women were mistaken when they identified him as the person who tortured them.

“It wasn’t me,” he said adding that it was possible that one of his accomplices poured the water over them.

Dlamini, who worked part-time as a mechanic at the time, said he did not know that a robbery was being planned and he had ended up at the scene under the mistaken impression that he was there to see someone about buying a car.

Dlamini said he was to buy the vehicle on behalf of a man known to him as “Bhokobhoko” and accompanied him to the scene.

They had travelled in two vehicles and on arrival Bhokobhoko told him to go into the house and “carry whatever I can”.

Dlamini testified that he did what Bhokobhoko told him because he had a “reputation for violence” and Dlamini was afraid of him.

“I entered the house and I came out with some bags,” he said.

Dlamini said he did not share in any of the spoils of the robbery.

Dlamini testified that Bhokobhoko died some time after the incident.

Dlamini is standing trial together with Lucky Mbonambi (28) also from Umlazi, and Siyabonga Mchunu (52) of Albert Falls.

The trio pleaded not guilty at the start of the case to a total of 10 charges.

These include theft of a motor vehicle, robbery with aggravating circumstances, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

All three have so far been acquitted on two of the charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition recovered from a vehicle and which could not be directly linked to any individual.

The case is proceeding.

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