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Blackout halts 'vampires' bid for bail

By unknown | Sep 03, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

The four men who appeared in the Mapulaneng magistrate's court in Bushbuckridge yesterday for allegedly cutting off a man's genitals and removing other body parts while he was still alive, were again remanded in custody.

Businessman Floyd Mokoena, 58, his son Sydney Toto Mokoena, 33, Justice Ndubane, 28, and Simon Nkosi, 32, were expected to continue applying for bail yesterday and today but their bid was hampered by a power failure in court.

The court remanded them in custody pending their next court appearance on September 11 and 12 for further evidence in their bail application.

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

The court has already heard that the men allegedly ambushed Brown while he was returning from a drinking spree and allegedly cut off his right testicle and removed his brain and some bones from his body.

This was allegedly done after Mokoena Snr asked his son Toto to help him find the body parts of a relative, which should be removed while he was still alive, so that he could strengthen his businesses.

Angry members of the community from around Tekamahala and Oakley Trusts where the victim lived continued to protest outside the court yesterday .

"If the court decides to give these vampires bail that's fine but we are more than ready to personally deal with them the same way they dealt with their victim," said one of the protestors.

Mpumalanga police organised crime unit spokesman Captain Leonard Hlathi said the police had no objection to the postponement.

"As long as the accused remain behind bars," Hlathi said. "They are not safe from the very angry people toyi-toying outside the court."


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