Agliotti had motive to kill Kebble – state

2010-11-18 11:50

Brett Kebble murder-accused Glenn Agliotti had a financial motive to kill the mining magnate, the High Court in Johannesburg heard today.

Defence counsel advocate Laurance Hodes SC continued attempting to tear apart the State’s argument over why Agliotti should not receive a discharge from the four counts he faced.

He read from the State’s heads of argument and meticulously attempted to rubbish their arguments by referring to the court records.

“It is further submitted that there is a motive on the part of the accused to have Brett killed because Brett wanted his R12 million back from accused,” Hodes read from the State’s heads of argument.

“This was confirmed by both Minnaar [Kebble’s Butler Andrew Minnaar] and Saunders [security boss Clinton Nassif’s business partner Steven Saunders] and was not disputed. There was no allegation that Minnaar and Sanders had conspired on this version,” he continued.

Hodes then dismissed this as false.

“There is no purpose to making such an allegation because it’s false, my lord,” he said.

He added that it was “contradictory” for the State to contend that the murder was “premeditated” and not an assisted suicide as the latter was stated in the State’s own indictment.

“What is the State’s case... assisted suicide or premeditated murder... they’ll do anything to incriminate him.”

Hodes had applied for a discharge in terms of section 174 of the Criminal Procedures Act, which says that if at the close of the State’s case, the court finds that there was no evidence that he committed the offence, he could be acquitted.

Agliotti is facing four charges, one of murder, one charge of attempted murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder.
The murder charge relates to the 2005 Kebble shooting in Melrose, north of Johannesburg.

Agliotti is further accused of conspiring to kill Alan Gray, auditor Stephen Mildenhall, Jean Daniel Nortier, Dr Mark Bristow and Mark Wellesley Woods.

The attempted murder charge relates to the shooting of Mildenhall in Cape Town in August 2005.

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