Rapist kwaito star’s sen­tenc­ing stalled

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KHANYISILE NG­COBO

CON­VICTED rapist and kwaito star Sipho Charles “Brickz” Ndlovu is not go­ing down with­out a fight.

The mu­sic star’s le­gal team yes­ter­day asked for sen­tenc­ing pro­ceed­ings to be post­poned be­cause they wanted more time to pre­pare.

The Sweety My Baby hit­maker was found guilty of rap­ing a 16-year-old girl in 2013 at his home in Ruim­sig and was back in the Rood­e­poort Mag­is­trate’s Court, where sen­tenc­ing was sup­posed to get un­der way.

He was out on R50 000 bail through­out the trial, but this was re­voked af­ter his con­vic­tion.

Ndlovu then ap­plied for bail again but this re­quest was de­nied, re­sult­ing in the star re­main­ing in cus­tody pend­ing his sen­tenc­ing.

Dur­ing Ndlovu’s brief ap­pear­ance yes­ter­day, his lawyer, ad­vo­cate Piet du Plessis, said there were a few out­stand­ing de­tails that needed to be fi­nalised.

Du Plessis was ap­pointed af­ter Ndlovu’s last lawyer with­drew from the case fol­low­ing the ac­cused’s con­vic­tion.

“To­day’s post­pone­ment was just to al­low for the sen­tenc­ing pro­ce­dure to be com­pleted, as well as the ap­pli­ca­tion for leave to ap­peal the con­vic­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion for bail pend­ing the ap­peal,” he said.

State pros­e­cu­tor Pratisha Salie in­di­cated that the State had no is­sues with the post­pone­ment.

Mag­is­trate John Baloyi then agreed to post­pone the mat­ter to Septem­ber 28.

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