Murder and kidnap accused to plead

2018-01-24 06:00

THREE men, accused of killing a foreign national in Timlas Road in Raisethorpe on December 31, 2017 abandoned their bail application.

Thandokwakhe Shezi (38) from Emadwaleni, Msawenkosi Bhengu (38) from Inchanga and Mlungisi Bhengu (34) from Cramond appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court last Wednesday facing charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder and kidnapping.

It is alleged the three kidnapped and killed Robert Nsubunga (51) from Ghana.

The first accused was arrested on January 5 and the co-accused were arrested on January 6.

Nsubunga’s decomposed body was found in Cramond on January 6, where two suspects were arrested.

It is alleged the three entered Nsubunga’s house on the day of incident and threatened him with a firearm.

They took his television, a bag with pair of jeans in and his travel documents.

State Prosecutor Rene Padayachee told court the accused have abandoned their bail application and intend to plead guilty.

This was confirmed by the accused’s attorney Ms Gasa.

The case was then postponed to February 1 for arrangement for plea at the high court as well as for investigations to be complete.

Padayachee said the photo album containing crime scene pictures is still outstanding in the investigation.

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

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