State calls for photo of heist suspect

2011-08-12 00:00

THE prosecution in the trial of six men charged with perpetrating a R692 000 cash-van heist in 2009 has applied to the high court to compel one of the accused, former Ladysmith dog unit member Siyabonga Nkwanyana (39), to have his photograph taken.

State advocate Sasha Jacobs said the photograph is needed so a facial recognition expert can compare his features to those of a person, alleged to be Nkwanyana, who appears in video footage that the prosecution will seek to introduce in evidence.

She said expert evidence could exonerate Nkwanyana or benefit the state, and that compelling him to be photographed would not violate his legal rights.

Nkwanyana this week refused to be photographed by a police photographer, arguing it would violate his rights, and indicated he will agree only if ordered by a judge to do so.

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