Pros­e­cu­tor’s ‘killer’ to spend more days in jail, bail ap­pli­ca­tion post­poned

De­fence says Crown filed later than ex­pected, de­fence pa­pers not yet in or­der Bail ap­pli­ca­tion post­poned to Mon­day Crown vig­or­ously op­pos­ing Sibu­siso Nelisa Hlatjwako’s bail ap­pli­ca­tion, says mur­der is shock­ing Crown says Hlatjwako has no de­fence to the c

Observer on Saturday - - News - By Sandile Nkam­bule

The bail ap­pli­ca­tion for mur­der sus­pect Sibu­siso Nelisa Hlatjwako who stands ac­cused of killing Prin­ci­pal Crown coun­sel Stan­ley Dlamini, could not re­sume yes­ter­day and has since been post­poned to Mon­day.

De­fence Coun­sel Non­cedo Nd­langa­mandla ap­plied that the mat­ter be post­poned to Mon­day since the crown which had been as­signed to file their an­swer­ing af­fi­davit on Tues­day, failed to do so and only filed on Wed­nes­day hence the de­fence’s pa­pers are not in or­der.

Judge Mamcy Dlamini then post­poned the mat­ter to Mon­day where both par­ties are ex­pected to ar­gue the bail ap­pli­ca­tion which is vig­or­ously op­posed by the Crown.

In its an­swer­ing pa­pers, the state sub­mit­ted that the sus­pect might in­ter­fere with crown wit­nesses as one of the grounds of op­pos­ing the bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

While Hlatjwako sub­mit­ted that in the event he is ad­mit­ted to bail he will not in any way in­ter­fere with crown wit­nesses.

Fur­ther the Crown sub­mit­ted that the sus­pect is a flight risk and that he has no case in as far as the mur­der in­ci­dent is con­cerned.

It has also been sub­mit­ted by the Crown that the mur­der is shock­ing to the com­mu­nity where the de­ceased was liv­ing, adding that his re­lease on bail would not be in the best in­ter­est of so­ci­ety.

Hlatjwako on Mon­day ap­peared be­fore Judge Dlamini where he stated that he is de­sirous to be ad­mit­ted to bail as he is a sickly per­son and that the con­di­tions at the cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity where he is kept are not con­ducive for his health.

Rep­re­sented by Nd­langa­mandla, Hlatjwako sub­mit­ted that the cause of the con­fronta­tion that led to the fa­tal in­ci­dent em­anated from an ar­gu­ment over a case of rape which his friend had been charged with.

He is now on re­mand at the Sid­vwashini Cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity pend­ing his com­mit­tal to the High court and is ex­pected back in Court for his bail ap­pli­ca­tion on Mon­day.

Hlatjwako a civil ser­vant was ar­rested fol­low­ing his in­volve­ment in a grue­some mur­der of Dlamini (40) of Bhekinkhosi who was al­legedly stoned in the head with a brick twice.

The in­ci­dent, which took place at Msun­duza oc­curred as most fun lovers were down­ing their last drinks and ready to go home.

The civil ser­vant, who was in the com­pany of sev­eral friends who had been drink­ing for sev­eral hours, is said to have been in­volved in a war of words with the de­ceased be­fore a fierce fight en­sued re­sult­ing in the sus­pect bash­ing the de­ceased with a con­crete block on the head.

Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, Hlatjwako is guilty of the of­fence of mur­der in that on or about April 29 2018 at Msun­duza in the Hho­hho re­gion, the ac­cused did un­law­fully and in­ten­tion­ally kill Stan­ley Dlamini by hit­ting his with a con­crete block on the head twice thereby com­mit­ting the of­fence of mur­der.

NOT HAPPY: Sibu­siso Nelisa Hlatjwako.

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