Durban – Three men accused of murdering a police officer and critically wounding another in KwaZulu-Natal, claimed to have been beaten while in police custody.
Sabelo Mkhize, 26, S’boniso Khubisa, 19, and Lindokuhle Mchunu, 18, said, through their attorney Thobile Chili after their first appearance at the Pinetown Magistrates Court that they had been beaten while in custody at the Greenwood Park Police Station.
“My clients say on September 29 a large contingent of officers went into their cell and beat them.”
Chili added Mkhize suffered fractures and internal bleeding resulting in him passing blood through his stool.
“He sought medical attention and the right to open a case, but both were denied by the police station. We request he be sent to Westville Prison Hospital so he can be treated.”
Mkhize was advised to formally open a case against police and was granted hospital visitation.
The accused were appearing at the Ntuzuma Magistrates court on Friday for their formal bail application. They abandoned bail due to “personal reasons” and will appear in court on November 10.
The trio were arrested last week, a day after they allegedly shot and killed one officer and critically wounded another after overpowering and disarming them.
The officers had been serving a protection order on one of the accused at the time of the attack.
During their last appearance, the state said it intended to oppose their bail. It informed the court Khubisa and Mchunu were out on bail on another murder charge.
The trio face two counts of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated robbery, one count of murder and another of attempted murder. They have also been charged with being in possession of firearms stolen from the officers and another unlicensed weapon.