Suspects in Greytown heist in court

2015-07-29 08:46
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SEVEN men appeared in the Pietermaritzburg high court in connection with a R3,98 million cash heist and shootout in Greytown on November 7, 2013.

All seven — Ayanda Sishi (32) of KwaMashu, Sphezela Ntuli (30) of KwaMashu, Basopha Ntuli (27) of Eshowe, Shelezile Mahlaba (39) of Stanger, Mjabuli­seni Ntuli (33) of Maphumulo, Siphiwe Khuzwayo (35) of KwaMashu and Mye­keni Buthelezi (26) of Eshowe — yesterday pleaded not guilty to all charges including robbery with aggravating circumstances, and attempted murder of three women who were shot at whilst they were in the process of drawing money at an ATM.

The members of the public who were shot at are Xolile Dlamini, Swelihle Ngubane and Hlolisile Ngubane.

The accused also face charges of damaging 11 vehicles that were shot up during a gun fight which erupted after the robbers opened fire on security guards who were moving money from Absa bank to an armoured vehicle.

State advocate Vincent Mncanyana told Judge Phillip Nkosi and an assessor that the state plans to lead evidence by an accomplice about the planning and execution of the robbery, and the division of the proceeds at KwaMashu.

Ballistic, forensic and fingerprint experts will testify in the case, and evidence will be also be led concerning cellphone calls made by some of the accused, linking them to the crimes.

The indictment alleges that prior to the robbery the seven accused and others planned to commit a cash-in-transit robbery and decided to target the security vehicle which was to collect cash from Absa in Greytown. They allegedly stole a Toyota Hilux from Michelle McNamara some months prior to the robbery, to use during the robbery and for their escape.

On the Thursday in question they allegedly lay in wait for the armoured car outside the bank. As security guards were moving money from the bank to the vehicle the gang waylaid them.

A shootout ensued between the guards and robbers, who fled the scene with the money.

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