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
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.