Alleged ‘Williams gang’ member renews bail bid after medical report

2016-07-12 10:58

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Pietermaritzburg - An alleged member of the so-called “Williams gang”, which was involved in a recent shootout with police in Pietermaritzburg, wants to renew his bid for bail based on new facts.

The lawyer representing Sibongiseni Mariken told Magistrate M. Boikhutso yesterday that he has a medical report indicating that doctors want to perform a CT scan on Mariken to determine if any “foreign objects” (bullets) still lodged in his head can cause further damage to this brain.

This procedure apparently cannot be carried out while Mariken remains in custody.

Boikhutso adjourned the case to July 22 to hear Mariken’s “new” bail application.

She has previously refused to grant bail to Mariken and his co-accused, Derrick Williams. Both men are alleged members of the notorious “Williams gang” who face five charges of attempted murder of policemen. The officers came under fire during a shootout with gang members near the Keg and Hedgehog in Montrose on April 30.

Derrick Williams’s brother, Ian, was shot dead by police during the gun battle, which allegedly erupted when police observed the gang allegedly attempting to steal a motor vehicle.

Derrick Williams and Mariken did not make personal appearances in court yesterday but appeared via a televised link to the New Prison.

The two are also charged together with a third man — Silindo Ndlovu (35) of KwaMashu — with other cases of housebreaking and theft from Foxon Road Spar on March 26; the Kwikspar at Hilton on March 24/25; and theft of a bakkie from Road Lodge at Hayfields.

Williams and Mariken face a third case in which they are charged with two counts of attempted murder and housebreaking and theft arising from a R1 million jewellery heist from NWJ jewellers at Liberty Midlands Mall on April 15.

These cases were all postponed to August 19 pending further investigations by police, and outstanding ballistics reports.

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