Face­book mur­der-ac­cused in court

Daily Dispatch - - News - By LULAMILE FENI

AN­GRY res­i­dents who wanted to force their way into the Qumbu Mag­is­trate’s Court, where a Face­book se­rial rape and mur­der ac­cused was ap­pear­ing, went on a ram­page yes­ter­day dam­ag­ing cars and prop­erty.

The mob wanted to get a glimpse of the 28-year-old man ac­cused of us­ing the so­cial me­dia site to lure his vic­tims be­fore rap­ing and killing them.

But the beefed-up se­cu­rity con­tin­gent man­aged to pre­vent the charg­ing res­i­dents from gain­ing en­try into the court­yard.

A few com­mu­nity and mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers were al­lowed in­side.

How­ever, this in­fu­ri­ated the protest­ing vil­lagers, who burnt tyres and dam­aged parts of the in­ter­com sys­tem and main gate.

Mhlontlo coun­cil speaker Mbulelo Jara and Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Author­ity re­gional spokesman Lux­olo Tyali’s said cars were dam­aged by the pro­test­ers.

No­body was in­jured in the process and no ar­rests were made.

In­side the court the sus­pect ap­peared re­laxed but he hardly made con­tact with the peo­ple in the pub­lic gallery.

The ac­cused – who is the son of a prom­i­nent priest who died last month – aban­doned his bail ap­pli­ca­tion in fear for his life.

Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, the ac­cused did not only rape and kill his vic­tims, but stole their valu­ables too.

All three mur­der vic­tims have now been iden­ti­fied.

The mat­ter was post­poned to Fe­bru­ary 26 for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion. —


BAY­ING FOR BLOOD: Chaos en­sued at the Qumbu Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day as hun­dreds of peo­ple protested, burn­ing tyres at the main gate and ston­ing cars

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