JUDGE REJECTS ACCUSED CLAIMS

CLAIMS that the investigating officer assaulted and made racial comments to one of the Frantz Richter murder accused were dismissed by the presiding judge yesterday.

CLAIMS that the investigating officer assaulted and made racial comments to one of the Frantz Richter murder accused were dismissed by the presiding judge yesterday.

Johannesburg high court Judge Piet Meyer called Johnson Chirwa's claims that Braam Joubert, while trying to force him to confess, said: "Why would you go to prison for life while Celiwe is sitting with her black bum in a white man's chair."

But Judge Meyer said: "This is a clear fabrication since the accused number five was not a suspect at that time."

Judge Meyer was on the second day of delivering judgment against Richter's widow Celiwe Mbokazi and co-accused Mazwi Khumalo, the man she had an affair with, Chirwa, Gilbert Mosadi, Vincent Dlamini and Dumisani Xulu.

The judge is currently giving reasons for admitting warning and confession statements made by all the accused when they were arrested, as evidence in the trial.

The six alleged killers tried to have their statements thrown out of court claiming they were tortured and forced into confessing by the police.

Mbokazi allegedly hired Khumalo, Chirwa, Xulu, Mosadi and Dlamini to rob and shoot her husband in November 2007.

Judgment is continuing today.

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