Kidnapping, murder suspects in the dock

2018-01-10 06:00

TWO of the three suspects arrested over the weekend in connection with the alleged kidnapping and murder of a foreign national in Raisethorpe appeared briefly in Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The court was told the third accused could not appear as he was in the process of confessing.

Thandokwakhe Shezi (38), from Emadwaleni, Msawenkosi Bhengu (38), from Inchanga and 34-year old co-accused from Cramond face three charges - robbery with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping and the murder of Robert Nsubuga (51).

It is alleged that on December 31, 2017 the three accused went to Nsubuga’s home in Raisethorpe and allegedly threatened him with a firearm.

According to the police docket, the accused fled with a TV, three cellphones and a bag with a pair of jeans that belonged to Nsuguba and his travel documents.

Following Nsubuga’s disappearance, a criminal case of kidnapping was opened at the Mountain Rise Police Station and an intensive investigation was launched. The first suspect was arrested last Friday and the two others were arrested on Saturday.

Nsuguba’s decomposed body was found in Cramond where the two suspects were arrested on Saturday. Cluster Commander Major General Sithole commended the team at Mountain Rise Police that worked tirelessly since the disappearance of the man until the suspects were arrested.

The case was adjourned to January 17 for bail consideration.

The accused are remanded in custody at the Mountain Rise Police Station.

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