Agg mur­der ac­cused to file bail ap­peal


ROBERT Chise’s mur­der case was ad­journed to Oc­to­ber 20 for in­ves­ti­ga­tions, pend­ing his bail ap­pli­ca­tion, the Pine­town Mag­is­trate’s Court ruled yes­ter­day.

The 21- year- old Malaw­ian was charged with the mur­der of Hill­crest res­i­dent Leighton Frank Agg, 42, who was re­ported miss­ing on Septem­ber 30 and was later found dead.

He is also fac­ing charges of house­break­ing and rob­bery.

Agg’s body was dis­cov­ered last Wed­nes­day un­der a bridge in Clare Ridge near Pi­eter­mar­itzburg. His car was found in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg two days af­ter he went miss­ing.

Both the State and de­fence ex­pected Chise to plead guilty yes­ter­day. How­ever, he did an about- turn.

Prepa­ra­tions for a bail ap­pli­ca­tion be­gan, with the State and de­fence say­ing they had put bail is­sues on the back- burner, as they had been “fast track­ing the plea”.

Chise’s Le­gal Aid at­tor­ney told the court his client was no longer plead­ing guilty. He said Chise in­di­cated he had asy­lum seeker doc­u­ments, even though these had ex­pired in Au­gust. Chise claimed these doc­u­ments were taken by po­lice.

“They also took his pass­port,” said the at­tor­ney.

He re­quested copies of these doc­u­ments and said there needed to be clar­ity made on the ex­pired pa­pers in re­la­tion to re­newals and Covid- 19.

Prose­cu­tor A Clive said the State would have to ver­ify whether Chise had these doc­u­ments, and there was no in­di­ca­tion of these doc­u­ments in the docket.

Clive asked for Chise to be re­manded in cus­tody at Hill­crest Po­lice Sta­tion so the State could have Home Af­fairs as­sist with his move­ment sta­tus. Clive in­di­cated the State would be op­pos­ing bail.

Chise, ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, is al­leged to have bro­ken into Agg’s home with oth­ers, where Agg was as­saulted and robbed of his lap­top, two cell­phones, a wal­let with bank cards and an undis­closed amount of money, and his Ford Ban­tam.

Chise, act­ing in com­mon pur­pose with oth­ers, is al­leged to have mur­dered Agg by as­sault­ing him with “a ham­mer, elec­tric cord and also stabbing him us­ing a knife”.

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