Technical glitches delay triple murder trial
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.