Armed robbers to plead guilty

2010-12-30 00:00

TWO Pietermaritzburg men charged with committing four armed robberies over the Christmas period will spend New Year in custody.

Nathaniel Michael Manilal (20) and Ricardo Sheldon Marion (25) told Pietermaritzburg magistrate Divesh Mootheram yesterday that they plan to plead guilty to the charges.

Manilal indicated at first that he intended to represent himself and did not need a lawyer.

However, after being warned that they could face up to 60 years’ imprisonment for the four offences, which each attract a minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment, both accused elected to apply for legal aid.

The case was postponed until January 5 for that purpose and the accused were remanded in custody.

The charges against the two men arise from incidents where taxi drivers operating in the city were allegedly held up at gun- and knife point on four separate occasions and robbed of cash and belongings.

The charge sheet alleges that on December 21 the two accused robbed Albert Mthalane in Larch Road and inflicted grievous bodily harm on him by “kicking him”. They allegedly took his wallet, R500 and bank cards.

On the night of December 25 to 26, they allegedly held up Bongumusa Madlabane in Newton Road with a knife and firearm and robbed him of R610 cash.

On December 26 they allegedly also held up Linda Mkhasibe in Larch Road at gun- and knife point and took R600 cash.

On the same day they robbed Ravin Pillay of a tape deck and R420 whilst wielding a knife and firearm, again in Newton Road.

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