Suspect in Vryheid botched armed robbery used own car wash to get rid of evidence

The court has refused bail for Zimele Shelembe, the only suspect linked in the botched armed robbery at Jaco’s Engineering who remains in custody.

Speaking before the court on Wednesday, investigating officer (IO), Attie Engelbrecht, remained adamant that the Mr Shelembe should remain in custody, as he has been arrested in connection with a serious crime with firearms having been used and shots being fired during the incident.

Mr Engelbrecht further stated that, on the day of the robbery, the keys to the safe were already in the possession of one of the suspects.

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Furthermore, Mr Engelbrecht brought it to the court’s attention that Mr Shelembe is believed to have committed this crime while he was out on bail for another case and was therefore likely to engage in other criminal activities if he was to be released again.

The IO mentioned that there is currently a very high rate of armed robberies taking place in Vryheid, and granting the accused bail would send a message to the public that this growing crime is not being taken seriously.

It was brought to the court’s attention that the vehicle that was used to transport the body of the armed robber whose body was found dumped at oSizweni, was found at Mr Shelembe’s car wash being cleaned, likely as a means to get rid of evidence.

In Mr Shelembe’s defence, attorney, Xolani Msimango, said that the court should take into consideration the fact that his client was a 30 year-old male who had never been convicted of any crimes before.

Mr Msimango insisted that his client had nothing to do with the rise of robbery cases in Vryheid and it was therefore irrelevant in this situation.

Despite his attorney’s attempts to secure bail, the court found the IO’s argument very relevant and agreed that Mr Shelembe remain behind bars for the duration of the case.

Court proceedings resume on May 7, where the regional court prosecutor’s decision will be tabled and DNA evidence as well as a ballistics report on the firearm believed to have used during the incident will be brought forward.

 

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Sine Thwala

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