Prosecutor adds murder charge in Radovan Krejcir case

2014-04-22 11:42

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Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and three co-accused face a charge of murder, the Alexandra Magistrates’ Court has heard.

“I am adding another charge, of the murder of Phumlani Ncube, to the case,” prosecutor Lawrence Gcaba said today.

“The murder charge is against accused one, five, six and seven.”

Krejcir, Siboniso Miya, police sergeant Nandi Nkosi and Nkanyiso Mafunda are accused of the murder of Phumlani Ncube.

Ncube was killed in July last year. His body was found dumped in Heidelberg.

Krejcir, Miya, Zoduma Biyela, Jacob Nare, Mafunda, Nkosi and Owen Serero appeared before Magistrate Reiner Boshoff on charges of conspiring to commit murder.

They are all alleged to have been part of a group that conspired to kill Colonel Nkosana Ximba and investigator Paul O’Sullivan.

The two men had been investigating Krejcir.

The first four suspects – Miya, Biyela, Nare and Serero – were arrested on January 9.

Nkosi and Krejcir were subsequently arrested and charged in March.

Boshoff granted the state a request for a postponement for further investigation.

“The magnitude of this case, even at face value, indicates that this is a complex matter,” Boshoff said.

“I will grant the postponement so that the state finalises its investigation.”

Gcaba said fingerprint investigations from five vehicles and firearms involved in the case still needed to be completed.

Another application would be brought against Mafunda at a later stage, he said.

Lawyers for each of the accused objected to the request for postponement.

Annelene van der Heeven, for Krejcir, said the request was an abuse of the justice system.

“The request is unreasonable, especially in the absence of further information from the state.”

There was tight security around the accused.

Relatives of the accused filled the public gallery. Ncube’s family sat quietly as they listened to the proceedings. His mother kept wiping tears from her eyes after Gcaba announced her son’s name in court.

Krejcir’s wife, Katerina Krejcirova, arrived with their son Dennis and a lawyer.

Earlier, before proceedings started, she handed a suit (for Krejcir to wear) to one of the heavily armed police officers at the court.

The case was postponed to June 13.

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