Court adjourns ATM bombings trial once again

2015-05-05 09:58

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

THE trial of 10 men charged with setting off bombs at ATMs in KwaZulu-Natal between September 2012 and January 2013, has been adjourned until next week in the Pietermaritzburg high court.

The 10 accused face 31 charges including the murder of a local policeman, Constable Vidhur Jadoo during a shootout in Howick on November 7, 2012.

They are also charged with the murders of Sizwe Gule and Bongokuhle Nkosi, who were killed at Utrecht on December 5, 2013.

The ATM bombings occurred at Nottingham Road, Howick, Merrivale, Greytown and Utrecht.

The trial — surrounded by high security — was due to start in the Pietermaritzburg high court yesterday and had been set down for three weeks. However, it was adjourned until next Monday after the court was told that eight of the accused had dismissed their attorney and advocate and intend to hire a new legal team.

Private advocate Auret van Heerden, who was to appointed by the Legal Aid Board (LAB) to represent the two other accused in the case was granted permission by the court to withdraw.

The LAB will appoint new counsel for the accused.

“This is the second or third time this case has been set down for trial, each time for three week … it becomes financially impossible to remain in a trial that doesn’t get off the ground,” he said

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Men.24 Model of the Week: Wendy from Cape Town

Find out more about our featured model, Wendy from Cape Town


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.