Bruised accused appears in court

2011-04-07 11:23

One of the two men accused of murdering former Mpumalanga arts and culture spokesperson Sammy Mpatlanyane bore bruises and scars as he appeared before the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court this morning.

Omary Issa, a Tanzanian national, appeared alongside Mozambican Nito Mashaba facing charges of murder, possession of firearm and ammunition, and conspiracy to commit a murder.

The two were arrested last week for allegedly shooting dead Mpatlanyane at his home in Stonehenge, Nelspruit, last year January.

Issa had scars on his arms and his lawyer alleged that his left arm appeared to have been fractured and that he was only given painkillers after being “severely assaulted”.

Mashaba, who speaks Portuguese, had an interpreter arranged for him and he said he would get his own lawyer.

The case was postponed to April 12 for further police investigation and a bail application.

Mpatlanyane’s murder is believed by some to be a political assassination.

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