Bail skipper says cops should have fetched him from home

2015-06-30 18:14

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Tonga - An Mpumalanga man facing murder charges has told a magistrate that he could not appear in court a number of times because police failed to fetch him from home.

Mackson Elias Sibiya, 74, from Dludluma village near the Mozambican border, was not asked to plead to a charge of murder when he appeared in the Tonga Regional Court on Tuesday.

When Magistrate Edgar Moletsane asked Sibiya why he had not honoured his previous court appearance, he said it was because of transport problems.

"I was home waiting for the police to transport me to court as they told me that when I am needed in court they will come and pick me up," said Sibiya.

Moletsane said it was Sibiya's responsibility to appear in court.

He said the problem arose when he (Moletsane) ordered police officers to drive the accused to the Boschfontein Periodical Court because it was far from the accused's home.

"It's not always the case that police have to drive you to court," said Magistrate Moletsane.

Sibiya is accused of fatally hacking his friend Armando Manyonyoba Chauke, 50, also from Dludluma village, to death. Chauke was killed with a butcher knife in 2013, which led to Sibiya's arrest the same year.

The court heard that Chauke was killed following a fight between the two men at a tavern in Dludluma.

Prosecutor Thulani Msibi told Magistrate Moletsane that Sibiya seems to be having a psychiatric problem.

"His lawyer should make an application on the next postponement date to send him to Weskoppies for evaluation," said Msibi.

Magistrate Moletsane postponed the case to July 21 for the application.

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