Axe-man’s lawyer takes exception to having his diabetes discussed

2012-12-14 12:54

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Themba Mjoli, the defence attorney of former rugby player Phindile Joseph Ntshongwana, has described as “below the belt”, the public announcement of his medical condition in court.

Two weeks ago, the last two days of trial were disrupted when Mjoli took ill.

State prosecutor Rea Mina, at that time, told the court that Mjoli suffered with diabetes after he could not be reached and he had not called to report his absence.

Later, Mina was called by a nurse saying Mjoli was receiving medical attention at the Umhlanga Clinic.

At court today, Acting Judge Irfaan Khalil asked Mjoli if he was feeling better. To this he answered that he took exception to his condition “being spread across newspapers”. He could even take “action”, he told the court.

“The world is not interested in my condition,” said Mjoli, who added that he had received calls from concerned relatives.

Meanwhile, Khalil dismissed Mjoli’s application to visit one of the crime scenes where a headless and decomposed body of an unidentified man was found near a railway line in Yellowwood Park on April 1 2011.

The application was made in connection with the evidence given by detective warrant officer Marius Van Der Looy, who estimated that the scene where the severely decomposed body was dumped, was between 400 to 500 metres from Ntshongwana’s home in Sandpiper Street.

The so-called “axe man” case has been remanded to April next year for extended trial.

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