Cop places suspect at scene of botched ATM robbery

2015-04-29 18:31
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Pietermaritzburg – Multi-murder and armed robbery accused Thulani Cornelius Doncabe, 40, of Durban, was on Wednesday fingered as being part of a gang shooting at Capitec Bank in Richmond. 

A shoot-out between the gang and police resulted in a sergeant being killed and a constable being seriously wounded. 

Crime Prevention Unit Constable Phelelani Nzimande told the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietemaritzburg that he saw Doncabe on a street after his alleged gang had failed to rob the ATM. Securicor security guard Sicelo Phungula was shot dead in the attack.

He was tasked to replenish the bank's ATM with R300 000 in January 2014.   

Nzimande said he saw Doncabe again during the shootout with police outside Richmond.

The heavily armed gang fled from the scene after they failed to get the cash. They fled after seizing Phungula's pistol. 

Outside Richmond, the getaway vehicle stopped at a blind corner and someone shot and killed Sergeant Thamsanqa Zondi and gravely wounded Constable Sbonelo Mpandla before continuing to flee. 

The group scattered, but were arrested by the Pietermaritzburg Tactical Response Unit and the Dog Unit.

The hunt continued until the next day.

Doncabe's co-accused are Siboniso Lwazi Mpanza, 20, and Sandile Eddie Shongwe, 34, all from Durban.

They have pleaded not guilty to five murder charges, aggravated robbery, attempted murder of five bystanders wounded during the shoot-out in Richmond and 10 charges of attempting to murder the policemen.

The case continues on Thursday.

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