Truter case: Accused remanded in custody

2008-04-08 00:00

Three men charged with the murder of Thistle Hotel manager Mark Truter on March 25 made another brief court appearance in Pietermaritzburg yesterday and were remanded in custody until May 13 pending a bail application.

The accused elected not to proceed with a bail application yesterday, after deciding to appoint a private lawyer to represent them.

Legal Aid attorney Nico Kinners withdrew as their representative.

Magistrate Ashin Singh inquired about the accused’s stated intention to plead guilty, and was told by investigating officer Inspector Alistair Farrington that arrangements were made last week for them to plead in the regional court. However, they then said they only wished to plead guilty to armed robbery, and not on the murder charge.

The accused are Wiseman Vusimuzi Ndlovu (29), of France; Siphelele Peter Ngubo (28), also of France, and Ryder Snothi Ndlovu (21), of Hopewell. They are charged with Truter’s murder and the robbery of R33 000 cash, a camera and a cellphone.

Ryder Ndlovu was an employee at the hotel. A fourth suspect is still at large.

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