Mur­der ac­cused de­nied bail

Daily Dispatch - - News - BHONGO JA­COB

An East Lon­don in­for­mal trader, ar­rested over the death of his friend at his Quigney flat on Satur­day, has been de­nied bail by the East Lon­don mag­is­trate’s court.

Sivuy­ile Maluna cut a lonely fig­ure as he sat in the dock on Thurs­day. The packed bail court gallery lis­tened in­tently while in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer Sergeant Mbulelo Matyeni gave ev­i­dence.

The state be­lieves Maluna stabbed his friend to death. The iden­tity of the de­ceased is be­ing with­held un­til his fam­ily is in­formed. Maluna, 23, handed him­self in at the East Lon­don po­lice sta­tion in Fleet Street, ac­com­pa­nied by his fa­ther, on Sun­day.

Matyeni, ar­gu­ing against bail, said Maluna had a num­ber of dif­fer­ent names on his charge sheet and nine dif­fer­ent ad­dresses.

He said a bot­tle of wine had been con­sumed on Satur­day and two beers when Maluna sud­denly asked the friend to leave his flat.

“While the friend was go­ing out [Maluna] got his knife out and stabbed the friend in the chest.”

De­fence coun­sel Noma-Afrika Wakashe ar­gued that the state’s case was weak as all its wit­nesses were un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol at the time.

Matyeni hit back say­ing, “I do not know how drunk they were be­cause, ac­cord­ing to his girl­friend’s state­ment, they had just fin­ished drink­ing two beers and one bot­tle of wine be­fore the in­ci­dent hap­pened.”

He said the ac­cused could present a flight risk and there was also a dan­ger that he would in­ter­fere with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion should he be granted bail.

“He has many names that are here and many ad­dresses. The post­mortem re­port and photo al­bum is still out­stand­ing. The wit­ness is known to the sus­pect – she is his girl­friend. He will in­tim­i­date and in­flu­ence the wit­nesses with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

The court was told Maluna had 13 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions in­clud­ing house­break­ing and theft.

The ac­cused pleaded with mag­is­trate Joel Ce­sar to be re­leased say­ing he had an in­for­mal car wash busi­ness, from which he also sup­ported his aunt fi­nan­cially. But Ce­sar re­fused bail and post­poned the mat­ter to De­cem­ber 10.

The court was told Maluna had 13 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions in­clud­ing theft

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