Tech­ni­cal glitches de­lay triple murder trial

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - Devon Koen koend@ti­soblack­

TECH­NI­CAL glitches with court­room record­ing equip­ment have marred the high-pro­file trial of five al­leged gang­sters ac­cused of a 2015 triple murder.

It was not the first time this week that the record­ing equip­ment in the Port El­iz­a­beth High Court failed dur­ing tes­ti­mony.

Ear­lier in the week, pro­ceed­ings had to be halted while a tech­ni­cian was called in to sort out the prob­lem.

The case in­volv­ing al­leged gang king­pin Wen­dell Petersen, 30, along with Jer­maine “Dolf” Mitchell, 30, Glynn “Boudt-Hol­land” Carel­son, 30, Robin “Milo” Tay­lor, 21 and Gra­ham “Gram” Kam­mies, 35, has seen streets sur­round­ing the cen­tral court­house blocked off.

A heavy po­lice pres­ence and a num­ber of se­cu­rity checks have been the or­der of the day since the case started last month.

All five ac­cused have been charged with three counts of murder, three counts of con­spir­acy to com­mit murder, four counts of con­tra­ven­ing the Pre- ven­tion of Or­gan­ised Crime Act and the il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms and am­mu­ni­tion.

They have all pleaded not guilty.

It is al­leged that on Septem­ber 14 2015 the men – work­ing in ca­hoots with each other – shot dead three peo­ple in and around Port El­iz­a­beth.

The first tar­get, Theodore “Tu­pac” Matthews, was shot as he climbed out a taxi on the cor­ner of Dur­ban and Cot­trell roads.

Later that same day, the gang al­legedly shot dead Ra­jen Nai- doo out­side a Burt Drive, New­ton Park, home.

Their third and fi­nal al­leged tar­get, Jer­main “Ja­bilo” Es­sau, was gunned down in Spring­bok Street, Gel­van­dale that evening.

Yes­ter­day, pros­e­cu­tor Mu­jaahid San­dan asked the court to post­pone the mat­ter in or­der for a tech­ni­cian to at­tend to the record­ing equip­ment.

Judge Man­dela Makaula granted the re­quest and post­poned the mat­ter to Mon­day.

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