Rattray accused in court

A fourth suspect in the murder of war historian David Rattray appeared in the Dundee magistrates' court yesterday, and was refused bail.

A fourth suspect in the murder of war historian David Rattray appeared in the Dundee magistrates' court yesterday, and was refused bail.

Magistrate Vincent Hlatshwayo found that, though the state's case was not overwhelming against Sabelo Xolani Mpanza, 28, the fact that he was arrested while hiding out in a mountainous area near Pomeroy, 40km from Dundee in KwaZulu-Natal, suggested he knew he was sought by the police.

Hlatshwayo also took into account the possible international and national reaction should the accused be granted bail.

Mpanza has denied all knowledge of the January 26 murder of Rattray, though he did admit to having previously worked at Rattray's lodge at Fugitive's Drift.

Mpanza's fingerprints were not found on any of the weapons seized by police during the arrest of two other men, who have already been sentenced after admitting their part in the murder.

A third suspect is awaiting trial. Mpanza was not at his homestead when police came looking for him and was only found 45 days after the murder.

He has been detained pending another court appearance. - Sapa

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