Man barred at Bu­landzeni, ad­mit­ted to E50 000 bail

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS -

AL­THOUGH the busi­ness­man was granted bail fixed at E50 000 after fil­ing his ur­gent ap­pli­ca­tion, the Court was how­ever left with ques­tions on why he failed to re­port his cousin as miss­ing after the in­ci­dent.

He was or­dered to pay E8 000 in cash and E42 000 in a form of a surety and his rel­a­tives placed a car as surety to that amount. High Court Judge Ticheme Dlamini be­fore ad­mit­ting the mur­der suspect to bail, how­ever, ques­tioned his Lawyer Nh­lanhla Ginindza on why the ac­cused per­son de­spite the de­ceased be­ing miss­ing for three weeks, failed to re­port him since he was the last one to see him.

The Crown rep­re­sented by coun­sel Sizwe Mat­se­bula shared the same sen­ti­ment, hence he sub­mit­ted that the ac­cused who had been ini­tially charged un­der the fourth sched­ule of­fences, had to be charged un­der the fifth sched­ule, hence he ap­plied that the bail amount be fixed at an amount as per the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure and Ev­i­dence Act (CPE). The ac­cused’s lawyer Ginindza, how­ever, sub­mit­ted that such a ques­tion was sub­ject to trial as he felt that it was now a sit­u­a­tion of a trial within a trial. How­ever, in his sub­mis­sion when mak­ing the bail ap­pli­ca­tion, the ac­cused per­son said the news of his cousin’s death came as shock to him adding that there was no way he could have taken the life of his own cousin.

He said he was de­sirous of be­ing ad­mit­ted to bail pend­ing hear­ing of his trial as he has de­pen­dents (six) and an el­derly mother who need his care and sup­port, if ad­mit­ted on bail he stated that he would abide by all con­di­tions. When ad­mit­ting him to bail Judge Dlamini or­dered that the ac­cused per­son should not in any­way set foot at Bu­landzeni un­til such a time that sit­u­a­tion has calmed down as deemed fit by the court. He was or­dered to stay with his other rel­a­tives in Mat­sapha and re­port to the Sigod­vweni Po­lice sta­tion and abide by the nor­mal bail con­di­tions. By the time this re­port his bail had al­ready been paid by his rel­a­tives and was ex­pected to have been re­leased by late af­ter­noon at the Piggs Peak Cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity.

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