Medical care for murder suspects

2013-11-21 00:00

MAGISTRATE Ishmael Motaung yesterday ordered that the men accused of murdering the elderly Noble couple of Shongweni receive medical attention immediately they arrive at Westville prison prior to their bail application.

Two of the accused came into the court limping and another one hopping on one leg. Scelo Mathabane (30), Siyabonga Xaba (24), Philani Shange (20), and Khulekani Wonderboy Mathonsi who appeared at Pinetown Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder, will stay behind bars pending their bail application in January.

Weekend Witness reported that Mathonsi was allegedly mauled by police dogs on the day of his arrest.

The men are charged with killing and robbing John (72) and Hester Noble at their home in Shongweni Valley.

John was strangled with a piece of wire and his wife with pipes from her oxygen tank.

Legal Aid South Africa attorney Fundi Ndlovu asked for her clients’ trial to be postponed.

“There are issues that still need to be ironed out before we can proceed with any bail application,” Ndlovu told the court.

She again asked that the accused be transferred from Hillcrest police station to Westville, because they feared for their lives at the police station.

State prosecutor Dumisani Dlungwana also said he would like the matter to be postponed for further investigations.

Meanwhile, Noble’s son John Noble Jnr wrote on his Facebook page: “Today and every day is appreciate parents’ day, I just realised that I will never be able to ask my dad’s advice again …

“We have placed this in God’s hands. We as a family have resolved to not allow this tragedy to define us. We will dwell on their victory over hardship, their love for their family and friends, their simple but honest lives and their great sense of humour, their fifty-year marriage and their victory over death,” he wrote.

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