The 39-year-old murder suspect in the murder of Hilary Gordy appeared briefly at Nelspruit Magistrates’ Court in Mpumalanga.
Rassie Nkuna faces charges including conspiracy to commit murder, murder, rape, defeating the ends of justice, kidnapping and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
Police recently confirmed that the suspect confessed to being part of the group that killed Gordy.
Nkuna was remanded in custody.
He will join three other accused, Sipho Mhatswa, Philemon Lukhele and Mduduzi Gama in court on September 9.
Last week, a court adjourned a bail hearing for two of the three accused in Gardee’s murder. A legal representative for Lukhele and Gama applied for an adjournment to allow them to prepare to summon the provincial police leadership.
Nkobizita Mlila’s lawyer believes the police evidence will help exonerate his clients.
Lukele, Gama and their co-accused Sipho Mhatshwa are charged with kidnapping, rape, murder, perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to commit murder.
The bail hearing for Lukhele and Gama was brief.
Mlila’s lawyer wants to summon provincial police commissioner Daphne Manamelu and spokesperson Selvi Mohlal before the bail hearing continues.
Mlila says police need to clarify information about the arrest of two more suspects in Hilary Gordy’s murder. According to him, the police said that one of the suspects confessed to killing Gordy.
“The provincial commissioner and we also want to summon the court to come and deal with this preliminary matter. In this request, we would like to reproduce the footage that we have in mind, and what they should indicate whether or not this statement is present. We respectfully emphasize the importance of our clients’ rights to a fair trial. I made the point in the last appearance, and I respectfully raise the issue. And I refer to Shakespeare: “something rotten in the state of Denmark.”
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