No bail for man charged with killing KZN couple

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South Coast couple Murray and Julie Ross.PHOTO: SUPPLIED
South Coast couple Murray and Julie Ross.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court denied bail to Bhekumuzi Makhoba who allegedly stabbed to death an elderly South Coast couple, Murray and Julie Ross.

The court said on Tuesday that giving Makhoba bail would be undermining the public’s confidence in the justice system.

It also said that because of the nature of Makhoba’s offence, he would be a flight risk should bail be granted.

The couple, who were in their early 60s, were found dead with stab wounds to their necks and heads in their Umtentweni home on the KZN South Coast on August 28.

Makhoba, who was arrested five days later, applied for bail on Monday.

During Makhoba’s bail application, the prosecution said that in CCTV footage recorded from a neighbouring property, Makhoba is seen jumping the fence on the day of the incident.

The prosecution also said when police went to Makhoba’s home in Louisiana on the KZN South Coast to arrest him, the clothes he was seen wearing in the footage were also found.

In addition, the 24-year-old’s bail application was opposed because in 2016 he was given six years’ imprisonment after being found guilty of house robbery.

The court said the prosecution has a strong case against Makhoba since he also pointed out the scene of the offence to police.

Also, Makhoba did not receive bail because the court feared he might commit another offence while out on bail.

His case was remanded for October 7 for further investigations.


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