Newcastle murder suspect led cops to weapon, court hears

2014-12-04 00:00

ONE of the two men charged with shooting Timothy Green (44) at Newcastle last August allegedly led police to the murder weapon ­hidden in a vacant house.

This evidence was led yesterday when the trial of Siyabonga Mhlungu (28) and ­Mfanukhona Masiteng (23) continued in the Pietermaritzburg high court.

Detective Sergeant Eric Emam told Judge Jerome Mnguni and an assessor that Mhlungu was the person who had led them to the 12-bore shotgun, Green’s own gun, which was used to shoot Green shortly after he arrived home at Willowford Farm on August 11, 2013.

He said Mhlungu took them to a vacant house near to his own home. He then pointed “to a place at the top where the geyser would be” where police found the shotgun, as well as live shotgun ammunition and ammunition for a .38 revolver.

Mhlungu’s lawyer, Clarence Botha, ­however said Mhlungu will deny this.

Emam also testified that when Masiteng was arrested, he showed police two cellphones — which were allegedly stolen from Green’s farm during the incident — which were ­concealed in a sock.

Both accused have pleaded not guilty to charges of housebreaking, theft, murder, ­robbery with aggravating circumstances and unlawful possession of a firearm and ­ammunition.

Mhlungu alleges he had innocently gone to the farm on the day in question after being asked to drive a vehicle for his ­co-accused. He claims he was unaware that a robbery was planned.

In a statement to court, Masiteng alleged he was “forced” to go along with the robbery and Green’s murder by Mhlungu and another perpetrator, Thulani Khubeka.

The case is proceeding.

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