They offered to sell me a gun and cellphone – shop owner testifies in Rhodes Park case

2016-11-17 17:14
Rhodes park accused appear in court. (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

Rhodes park accused appear in court. (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

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Johannesburg - Several men entered a cellphone shop in Yeoville and offered to sell a phone and a gun to the shop owner, the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge heard in the Rhodes Park trial on Thursday morning.

Shohen Rana, who owns a cellphone shop in Yeoville, about 5km from Rhodes Park, told the court he was approached by three or four men on October 17 2015, at around 19:45.

They offered to sell him a Nokia Lumia with a black and white cover.

"I asked to see the phone and then I asked for the price. They showed the phone and I offered them R300," he said.

Rana said one of the men said he should increase the price by R20.

They had also offered to sell him a gold ring and a gun, however, he refused.

He said he gave them the R320 and they left.

Prosecutor Monde Mbaqa asked if he saw one of the men on another day after they came to his shop.

Aggravating circumstances

"Yes, I saw one of them with a police officer on one afternoon, but I can't remember the date," Rana said.

He said the police came to the shop and asked if it was the same man who sold him the phone, which he confirmed.

Rana was testifying in the trial of Admore Ndlovu, 23, Thabo Nkala, 25, and Mduduzi Mathibela Lawrence, 32.

They are accused of raping two women and killing their husbands at Rhodes Park in Johannesburg on October 17 2015.

They have been charged with robbery with aggravating circumstances, rape and murder.

Mbaqa asked the shop owner if he could remember seeing any of the three men in the dock.

Rana took a long look at the men in the dock, shook his head, and said he could not remember.

The trial continues.

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