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'killers' bail deferred

By unknown | Aug 28, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

The bail application of four men accused of removing body parts of a man while he was still alive continued yesterday in the Mapulaneng magistrate's court.

Businessman Floyd Mokoena, 58, his son Sydney Toto Mokoena, 33, Justice Ndubane, 28, and Simon Nkosi, 32, were remanded in custody pending their next court appearance on Tuesday and Wednesday for further evidence in their bail application.

The four told the court that police had assaulted and forced them to admit to statements that implicated themselves in the murder and mutilation of Clearance Brown, 25, on February 23.

The police have denied this, saying the statements were made before officers who were not part of the investigation team.

Nkosi told the court that police had taken him to a hotel in Witbank and later to another one in Kimberley and promised to give him a house if he implicated the others. "The police even gave me nice food and promised me a house if I did what they wanted me to do," Nkosi said .

Mpumalanga police organised crime unit spokesman Captain Leonard Hlathi denied that the police assaulted and tortured the suspects.

"They gave their statements willingly, and their statements corroborated the results of the postmortem that was done on the body of the victim after it was exhumed last week.

"On the other hand, they made the statements to senior police officials who were not part of the investigating team," said Hlathi.

The court heard that the men allegedly ambushed Brown after his return from a night drinking spree and allegedly cut off his right testicle and removed his brain and some bones.

This was allegedly after Mokoena senior had asked his son Toto to help him get body parts of a relative so that he could "strengthen his businesses".


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