No bail for alleged cop killer

2015-05-14 15:51


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Pretoria - A woman accused of luring a police officer to his death with a fake roll of money was on Thursday denied bail in the High Court.

Judge Mmonoa Teffo ruled that it would not be in the interests of justice to release 25-year-old Mandisa Mayezana on bail because she was a flight risk.

Mayezana, Zimbabwean citizen Nkosinathi Ndlovu, 38, Zukisa Headman Mablayi, 34, and Bheki Elphas Mhlongo, 67, in April last year pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

According to the charge sheet, the accused had identified a policeman, Major Malose Abram Tselana, 48, as a victim after he withdrew R23 000 from a bank in the Pretoria city centre on December 31, 2012.

It is alleged that they dropped a stack of papers, rolled in a real bank note, and that Mayezana then pretended that she wanted to share the money with him.

Trial hiccups

She allegedly led Tselana to a secluded spot on the outskirts of the city with the other accused allegedly following them.

They allegedly tied the policeman's hands and feet, smashed his skull and left him for dead in the veld near the Pretoria zoo, where his body was found three days later.

Several state witnesses have already testified but the trial was delayed when one defence advocate died, another retired and the Zimbabwean interpreter had work permit problems.

A representative of the women's prison in Pretoria this week wrote a letter to the judge asking her to consider that Mayezana had already been incarcerated for longer than two years while waiting for the outcome of her trial.

The Correctional Services Act states that a court must reconsider the continued detention of an awaiting-trial inmate after two years and every year thereafter.

The prosecution opposed bail, arguing that Mayezana had previously lied to the court by giving a false address during her first bail application and was likely to abscond if she was released.

The state said it had a solid case against Mayezana, who faced a possible life sentence if she was convicted.

Mayezana gave her sister's address to the court as the place where she would live if granted bail, but the Judge said there was no evidence that the sister was willing to take her in.

It was not the sister's responsibility to see to it that Mayezana attended her trial. Mayezana was an adult and she was free to evade her trial if she wanted to.

Mayezana had not presented any new, special or extraordinary evidence to show that she should be released on bail, Teffo said.

The trial was postponed to June 8.

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