Murder: man in court over Imbali cop's death

2010-05-19 00:00

A 23-YEAR-OLD man, Sanele Mwelase of Pata location, appeared briefly in the magistrate’s court yesterday in connection with the murder and robbery of police warrant officer, Bheki Mntambo (55), in Imbali on May 14.

Mwelase, who allegedly robbed the police officer of his 9 mm firearm, watch and cellphone, complained he was assaulted by police to force him to confess. He will appear in court again today after an examination by the district surgeon.

Meanwhile, a second suspect, Lungisani Mwelase (18), appeared before a different magistrate on a charge of unlawful possession of two 9 mm firearms. He was not asked to plead to any charges and his case was postponed to May 24.

Police yesterday arrested two additional suspects in the murder, who are expected to appear in court shortly.

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