Police officer denied bail

2017-10-12 06:01

A PORT Shepstone police officer, accused of shooting dead his neighbour in Murchison, was denied bail by the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Nhlanhla Matiwane (29), allegedly shot and killed Nkosinamandla Mvuni (35), in August last year after an argument.

According to the charge sheet, Matiwane and Mvuni had attended a bachelor party the day before the incident. It is alleged they argued and the deceased manhandled Matiwane that night.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) took over the case after Mvuni was shot dead.

According Matiwane’s attorney, the murder was not premeditated as the state alleges, but was self-defence.

Magistrate Shamane Barnard told the court the argument by the defence was not strong enough as to grant Matiwane bail.

“If the court can prove this was a premeditated murder you can get life imprisonment,” said Magistrate Barnard.

Ndlovu said the defence was planning to appeal the court ruling.

Matiwane will remain in custody until March 2018 for his case hearing in the Ramsgate High court

IPID had not responded to emailed questions at the time of going to press.

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