Six men accused of faking it as cops abandon bail bid

2013-01-09 00:00

THE men accused of impersonating police officers in their bid to rob a scrapyard in November last year abandoned their bid for bail at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Mzo Simon Sithole (52) of Imbali, Mbulelo Mtolo (46) of Alexandra Road, Muzi Khumalo (53) of Pelham, Prince Malinga (36) of Ashdown, Inack Ayami Ajuss (37), of unit BB in Imbali, and Mfanafuthi Dladla appeared on five charges, including housebreaking with intent to steal and theft from the PPL scrapyard in Woodlands.

It is alleged that they impersonated police officers by dressing as policemen and producing fake appointment cards.

The men allegedly held up staff at PPL Scrapyard in Lincoln Road and made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police are investigating where the robbers acquired their uniforms.

A genuine identification card found in their possession is believed to have belonged to a reservist.

They were also found in possession of an unlicensed 7,65 semi-automatic pistol, a prohibited CZ75 semi-automatic weapon and six rounds of 9 mm ammunition.

Police are still to hold an identification parade.

The court was told that Sithole has a previous conviction for robbery for which he was sentenced in 2000 to 12 years.

Sithole also has a pending case in which he is standing trial for robbery.

Mtolo was found in possession of dagga and fined R50 in 1996, while in 1997 he was sentenced to 28 years for murder and robbery.

Khumalo was sentenced for robbery and his sentence was reduced to 18 months on appeal in 1977. In 1986, he was sentenced to six years for robbery.

Malinga was sentenced to 15 years for robbery in 1999.

— Witness Reporter.

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