Man accused of attempted murder of PMB flying squad cop to remain in custody

2015-05-15 09:34
Constable Dinesh Govender and his wife Reshmee before the shooting. Govender has been deemed a hero by collegeaus and KZN police commissioner.

Constable Dinesh Govender and his wife Reshmee before the shooting. Govender has been deemed a hero by collegeaus and KZN police commissioner. (File)

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A MAN charged with attempted murder of Pietermaritzburg flying squad ­policeman Dinesh Govender, and other charges, has been refused bail in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court.

Thandabantu Sibisi (43) of Imbali is facing numerous charges arising from a robbery which led to the shooting on April 28 in Cardiff Road in the Eastwood area.

He alleged in an affidavit that the case against him is circumstantial, based solely on an allegation that his vehicle was used in the robbery, and said he did not believe he will be found guilty.

He said his Isuzu LDV was stolen and he was busy reporting the theft of the vehicle at Plessislaer police station, after having fruitlessly searched for it, when he was detained.

Sibisi states in his affidavit that he is a director of a company, Yompi Yompi CC in the construction and supply business. He also works as a site manager in East London for Mothale Invests.

Opposing bail for Sibisi, the investigating officer Warrant Officer Thembinkosi Mthalane said the charges against Sibisi were serious and he had to show exceptional circumstances existed to justify his release on bail.

He alleged it was likely that Sibisi could influence a state witness who has told police that the incident was pre-planned.

Detailing what happened, he said the incident started when a security guard at number 4 Cardiff Road was held up by three men at gunpoint. Whilst they were held under guard, a truck driven by a Chinese man arrived. “He alighted from the truck and approached the door to his house when he was confronted by four African males who were heavily armed with fully automatic firearms, AK47s,” said Mthalane.

He said the victim’s wife was inside the house and the burglar gate was locked. “The suspects started booting the complainant demanding access to his house.”

The man’s wife activated an alarm but the attackers broke a padlock and gained entry. They then held up the couple with guns and ransacked the house, looking for money.

They had found R800 000, he said.

When an ADT Security van arrived in response to the burglar alarm, the guard was forced out of his vehicle at gunpoint, and robbed of his firearm.

When two policemen (Dinesh Govender and Reginald Iyer) also arrived, the assailants opened fire on them with AK47s.

“One police official [Govender] was shot twice on his chest but he is making a steady recovery in hospital,” he added.

Mthalane said the attackers fled on foot. A few minutes after police backup arrived, the white Isuzu, belonging to Sibisi, was found deserted along Cardiff Road in the bushes. It was found unlocked with no keys inside.

Mthalane said the door locks and ignition were not tampered with.

He said police also have evidence placing Sibisi in the vicinity of the vehicle.

According to the charge sheet Sibisi is charged with attempted murder of Govender and Iyer; kidnapping and robbing Kirk Davids of his pistol and five live rounds of ammunition, robbing Kang Weng of cash, CCTV, fax and computer equipment, and kidnapping Isaac Shabalala on the day in question.

The case was adjourned to June 19

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