Feb 9, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Hillary Gardee murder accused choose not to apply for bail

The defendants in the Hillary Gardee murder case have opted not to bail, according to prosecutors.

The family had previously spoken at Nelspruit Magistrates Court, where three men were arrested in connection with her murder, which made their first appearance.

The three have been charged with rape, murder, kidnapping, conspiracy to commit murder, contempt of justice, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

“The family is here to protect the [alleged] killer of her daughter. We do not wish to speculate as to her identity or family connections. We will see them when they appear in court,” said family and EFF spokesman Sinawo Tambo.

He said the police investigation was ongoing and the possibility of further arrests could not be ruled out.

At the beginning of the proceedings, the prosecutor informed the court that the three defendants had decided not to seek bail.

Their names were Sipho Lawrence Mkhatshwa, Phillemon Lukhele and Albert Mduduzi Gama.

< p>Lukhele’s lawyer shared a message from the suspect: “My client would like to offer his condolences to Mr. Gardee and his family. We’ve known each other for a while.”

To demonstrate his commitment to assisting the police with their investigation, Lukhele said he would not seek bail so the investigation could proceed unhindered.

All of the defendants asked for medical attention and claimed that they had been tortured by the police during questioning and their arrest. They told the court they sustained injuries and pain.

The state is awaiting DNA and ballistics reports, an autopsy report and an analysis of video footage.

EFF members dressed in party dress chanted they sang battle songs and danced in front of the court.

Hillary’s brother Noble was emotional and cried while waiting to be admitted into the court.

Some ANC members also stood in front of the court .

There was a heavy police presence around the courthouse and the road leading to the building was closed.

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