Scottburgh Court Round-up

OFFENCE AGAINST THE PERSON:

• A security guard from Amandawe, charged with shooting a male in the leg, appeared at a formal bail application hearing on November 17. The guard had handed himself in to the police and his firearm, licensed in the name of the security company for which he works, was impounded. Bail was set at R1 500, on condition that he relocates to an alternative address in Isipingo, and does not return to the Amandawe area for the duration of the legal proceedings.

ROBBERY & THEFT:

• A father of 2 appeared on a charge of stealing copper cables to the value of an estimated R10 000. He offered to pay bail of R500, which was rejected by the court. He was remanded in custody pending the payment of R1 000 bail. He will reappear on November 29.

• Two males appeared on a charge of being in possession of suspected stolen copper piping. Accused 1 accepted full responsibility and stated that his co-accused had nothing to do with the alleged crime. Both were remanded in custody pending their next appearance on November 17. When Accused 1 objected to Accused 2 being held in custody, Magistrate Botha informed him that the decision to proceed with, or to withdraw, the charge against Accused 2, depended on negotiations between their defence attorney and the prosecutor.

• Nhlanhla Lucky Mbango (30) pleaded guilty to stealing a T-shirt valued at R200 from Mr Price in the Scottburgh Mall. At the time of his arrest, Mbango was on parole and working as a labourer on a construction site. He was immediately returned to prison to continue serving a 10 year sentence for robbery. He offered to pay a fine in lieu of another prison sentence, but the court chose to sentence him to a further 3 months in prison for the theft.

• Maxwell Sabelo and Joseph Mzobe, accused of selling stolen electric power tools, have had a charge of theft added to the first charge of possession of stolen goods. They will appear at a formal bail application hearing on November 17.

• Another two males, charged with possession of suspected stolen goods, were remanded in custody pending the payment of R1 000 bail each. Accused No 1, a currently unemployed plasterer from Roseneath, admitted to a previous conviction for possession of drugs. They will reappear on November 27.

• A male charged with theft out of a motor vehicle parked outside the GJ Crookes Hospital, was remanded in custody pending a formal bail application hearing on November 23. He told the court that he had been assaulted by bystanders prior to the arrival of the police.

TRAFFIC OFFENCE

• A 41 year old professional sculptor and purveyor of artworks pleaded guilty to driving at 193 kph on the N2. In mitigation of sentence he stated that he had “freaked out” when he had heard that there was a problem at home. After an impassioned plea for leniency by his defence attorney, the court sentenced the accused to a fine of R20 000 or 10 months in prison, half suspended for 5 years. It was further agreed that the accused’s driver’s licence would not be suspended, as this would impact on his ability to conduct his business.

DRUG OFFENCES:

• Arrests for possession of small quantities of dagga continue, but lately there has been an increase in the number of people found to be in possession of heroin or cocaine. On Wednesday, November 15, two males and a female appeared on separate charges of possession of these drugs. Bail was set at between R300 and R500 for each of them and all will reappear in court at later dates.

• A female, charged with possession of 2 capsules of heroin, failed to appear in court on November 16. A warrant for her arrest was issued.

OTHER OFFENCES:

A male appeared on a charge of possession of 7 rounds of live ammunition. He was remanded in custody pending a formal bail application hearing on November 29.

  AUTHOR
MSCRS Reporter

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