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“Wouldn’t consider it heavily-armed,” police deny intimidating Meyiwa murder suspects

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A state witness in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial has denied that police were heavily armed when two of the five men accused of involved in the footballer’s killing gave their alleged confessions.

This as metro cop, Wendell Jonathan, returned to the witness stand yesterday.

The high court in Pretoria is trying to determine the admissibility of accused number one, Muzi Sibiya and two, Bongani Ntanzi’s alleged confession statements, which the defence maintains were coerced.

Defence legal representative, advocate Zandile Mshololo, says police knowingly and intentionally instilled fear when they arrived heavily-armed for Ntanzi’s confession.

It’s understood Ntanzi detailed his involvement in Meyiwa’s killing in the presence of Magistrate Vivian Cronje and a heavy police escort.

The defence in the matter is scrambling to prove that threats and intimidation were used to squeeze the statements out of the suspects.

Jonathan, however, has denied pressuring anything from the accused, saying he would not have described himself as “heavily-armed”.

The police officer, who is understood to have escorted the accused at the time of their alleged confessions, has been unable to confirm whether a warrant had been issued ahead of their arrests.

He’s also denied that Ntanzi sustained serious injuries, resulting in his blood spilling onto the confession document.

The trial continues today with a new witness expected on the stand. Article by Naomi Kobbie

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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