Murder-for-money accused appeal for bail

2017-03-15 06:04

IT sounded like a television crime programme – five arrested for murder allegedly in order to obtain their victim’s insurance benefits..

In November last year the five accused of three charges of premeditated murder and one attempted murder appeared in the Greytown Magistrate’s Court. It was reported that their first victim was drugged and then hit by a car on the Greytown/Msinga road in August 2015.

The second allegedly suffered a similar fate on the Matimatolo road and the third, a student, was shot. The attempted murder related to a mentally disturbed female who survived a similar attack and a second attempt to lethally inject her while she was recovering in hospital from her injuries.

Greytown Magistrate, Mr C.F. Masikane refused bail for all five stating that in his view their release would pose a danger to the public safety given the accused’s propensity to violence.

During the November and December 2016 hearings in Greytown a volatile crowd (mainly youth from Matimatolo) stood outside the court proclaiming loudly about the innocence of the accused and stating they “knew who the killers really were”.

Two weeks ago three of the five accused appealed to the Pietermaritzburg High Court for bail.

Joseph Khanyile, Mandla Khumalo and Doris Jabu Dladla appeared before Judge Graham Lopes, who reserved judgment.

The other two accused, Mildred Khoza and Hlengiwe Zuma, did not appeal to the High Court for bail.

In opposing the bail application for the three, State Advocate Attie Truter said they had not proved exceptional circumstance to justify bail.

The case will be heard in Pietermaritburg High Court in May.


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