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Accused prosecutor wants plea bargain

2012-10-08 21:42

Pretoria - A Pretoria prosecutor accused of murdering his Zimbabwean mistress wants to arrange a plea bargain with the State, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday.

The 31-year-old Geoffrey Mpho Maponya appeared in court on a charge of murder.

Maponya, a married man, was arrested after dustbin collectors discovered the body of his Zimbabwean girlfriend Precious Sebanda, 20, in a dustbin in Church Street, Pretoria, in April last year.

The body was wrapped in pink material. She was naked, had a plastic bag over her head and had apparently died of suffocation.

The State alleged that Maponya took Sebanda to his flat on the morning of 13 April last year, and assaulted her.

He allegedly placed her body in a dustbin, and pushed it outside the next morning, leaving it with other dustbins for collection.

After initially insisting on representing himself, Maponya told the court he wanted a legal aid lawyer.

Judge Bert Bam had refused his application to force the State to provide him with further details on the charges.

The information he demanded included the statements of witnesses who had seen an argument between his wife and Sebanda, whom he described as his ex-girlfriend.

He also wanted a video recording, fingerprints lifted from the crime scene and "blood analysis".

Maponya said he did not want to reveal to the court why he wanted fingerprints lifted from his own flat, but said he had not lived there alone.

The State said it had no knowledge or statements of the alleged argument between Sebanda and someone else. It had only photographs of the crime scene and no blood analysis, as none had been analysed.

Bam said it appeared as if Maponya was trying to delay the trial for some unknown reason and warned him that he was not going to allow any further delays.

He said Maponya had had the opportunity to seek legal aid since February.

Maponya denied trying to delay the trail. He said he had "changed his mind" and now wanted to discuss a plea bargain with the State.

Prosecutor Christo Roberts said it was the first time he had heard of any offer to enter into a plea bargain-agreement.

He said he would first have to hear what Maponya and his legal representative put on the table before a decision could be made.

Bam postponed the trial to Tuesday afternoon.

Comments
  • wize.man.31 - 2012-10-08 21:59

    Deny, delay, deny, delay..... You are in a corner "buddy". It is now time to admit, plead, cry and bend over! Ha-ha-ha

  • archie.mooki - 2012-10-08 22:00

    phew

  • zmvulane - 2012-10-09 05:52

    Drag his s before the judge! He'll get the evidence in court!

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-10-09 06:44

    A man of law whom is up on a mrder trial wants a plea bargain? In a normal country, he would be used to set an example, simply because of his position. Life is the only answer when we can't pickle him.

      george.outremer - 2012-10-09 08:16

      Agreed. As a legal professional, he should not be afforded any plea-bargain. He should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law as a common criminal.

  • osama.pascal - 2012-10-09 07:01

    Yoh! This is hectic

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-10-09 07:43

    Is he going to be allowed back in the courts again to prosecute other offenders? Most probably!

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-09 09:09

    If there is one thing that disgusts me in this country is our legal system and the so called detectives.You always hear allegations and more allegations.Nothing concrete at all..In this case you wonder why they do not say anything about a postmortem because that is what should have happened and how do you prove beyond reasonable doupt that this guy is the one who suffocated the girl without proper investigation.Just allegations can do enough.The culture of extracting information by force still persists and with illiterate and lazy people on high demand to do this job we are never going to have a legitimate and respected legal system.

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