Saturday, January 23, 2021

Judge turns down bail application by murder accused

Lobatse High Court Judge, Gabriel Rwelengera, has dismissed a bail application brought by Hluphekile Dube and Abel Nyasa, two Zimbabwean citizens facing charges of murdering an Indian citizen in 2007.

The two had applied for bail, stating, amongst other things, that they have been in jail for a long time.

They were initially charged with another Zimbabwean, Isaac Ngoma, who has since turned state witness.
The trio is alleged to have killed the Indian by strangling him with a rope.

Dube was working as a maid for the Indian citizen, who was making final preparations to return to his native country at the time of the murder.
They are also alleged to have stolen cash after the alleged killing. Nyasa is represented by Dick Bayford, whilst Dube is represented by Daba Daba.

The other Zimbabwean nationals facing charges of murder are Phineas Dube and Sibusiso Sibanda. They are facing charges of having murdered Petros Solomon Du Plessis, a South African citizen, on August 6, 2007 in Oodi.

They are also alleged to have attempted to murder Colleen Anna Duplessis, and violently robbing cellphones valued P3000.

The three accused persons are also alleged to have robbed Simbarashe Mude of a cellphone valued at P300 and threatened to shoot him with the guns they had, as well as for being in unlawful possession of 9 rounds of ammunition, a revolver and pistol without license.

Another Zimbabwean citizen Gerald Dube was executed late last year, after being found guilty of murdering four people in Francistown.

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