R5 000 bail for alleged chocolate thief after new information

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A new twist emerged in the Pietermaritzburg chocolate theft case.
A new twist emerged in the Pietermaritzburg chocolate theft case.

A man who allegedly stole Lindt chocolates from a Pietermaritzburg supermarket wasgranted bail of R5 000 on Tuesday following a second bail application that brought to light new information.

Yesagen Naidoo (40), a nurse at Townhill Hospital, is charged with theft, robbery or alternatively another count of theft, resisting arrest and attempted murder on August 21.

He allegedly stole four Lindt Swiss premium chocolate slabs valued at R399,95, four Lindor Lindt hazelnut chocolates valued at R171,96 and five Lindt Lindor milk chocolates valued at R214,95.

The state alleges that while a police officer, Colin James Scott, was placing him under arrest and trying to get his signature on a form inside a room at Checkers, Naidoo allegedly grabbed hold of his firearm and pulled the trigger twice, but the firearm did not go off.

“Naidoo allegedly grabbed hold of his firearm and pulled the trigger twice, but the firearm did not go off.”

His attorney, Sergie Brimiah, told the court on Tuesday that he and the state prosecutor watched video footage that shows Naidoo going into the shop and placing items in a basket. “It doesn’t show anything about the offence,” he added.

Brimiah also said that the information given to the court that Naidoo gave an incorrect name and surname when he was arrested on a charge of reckless and negligent driving years ago, was wrong.

He said that on checking the documentation dating back to that case, it was established that he did give the correct name and surname.

The prosecutor conceded that one of the main reasons the state had opposed bail was because it believed that Naidoo had given the wrong name then and also when he was arrested for stealing chocolates.

Magistrate Chris van Vuuren said that the major concerns expressed at the main bail application fell away.

In granting him bail, Van Vuuren warned him that he must return to court on October 9.

Failing to do so will result in his arrest and his bail will be forfeited. Naidoo nodded nervously in the dock in agreement

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