Trio deny Greytown murder

2010-03-19 00:00

THREE men are standing trial in the high court in Pietermaritzburg for the murder of a Greytown man, Rinesh Maharaj, who was shot dead after he was robbed of his employer’s Toyota Rav vehicle, a cellphone, wallet and R1 000 cash drawn from an ATM, according to the state’s charges.

The accused, Mondli Nxumalo (28), Jabulani Chonco (39) and Bongani Sibisi (27), have all pleaded not guilty before Judge Gregory Kruger and assessors to all the charges against them, including murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and unlawful possession of a fully automatic firearm and ammunition.

The crimes were allegedly committed on June 30, 2006.

According to the indictment, Maharaj was employed as a technician for Greytown Office Machines. On the evening in question, he was driving a Toyota Rav 4 owned by his employers when he encountered the three accused, as well as three young women, who approached him “on a pretext of socialising with him”.

He was allegedly held at gunpoint and forced into the rear of the vehicle. Some of the assailants drove off with him followed by others in a Nissan.

After they had robbed him and withdrawn R1 000 of his from an ATM, it is alleged, they drove Maharaj to a secluded spot and shot him dead.

The case is proceeding.

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