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“Jesus wept.” Joh 11:35

Missionary student accused of robbery

[Source] August 21 200:

A missionary student, who allegedly teamed up with six other people and robbed his fellow religious students on church grounds, on Wednesday appeared in the Pretoria magistrates’ court with a co-accused.

It is alleged that the complainants recognised Masilo Clement Tshutshu, 22, of Diepsloot while they were being assaulted at gunpoint. Tshutshu and Makhudu Amos Mogala, 27, also of Diepsloot, were arrested on Monday, shortly after the attack on the grounds of Good News Church at Timsrand’s missionary school, in Alexandra Road.

Apparently one student was studying in the chapel when he heard dogs bark at about 11pm on Sunday night. As he went to investigate, he was overpowered and assaulted.

The court heard how six missionary students were eventually forced from their cottages by seven men, who tied them up and threatened them with a firearm and knives.

They demanded laptops, cellphones, car keys and money.

Eventually the robbers broke down cottage doors and also helped themselves to clothes and shoes. When the police arrived, the robbers fled.

Tshutshu and Mogala were arrested the following morning, allegedly with some of the stolen goods in their possession.

On Wednesday State Prosecutor Annalise Tlhapi told the court that the complainants recognised Tshutshu who was also a student at the mission.

Tlhapi said the minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances would be applied if the accused were found guilty. She also said the State would oppose bail.

Tlhapi requested a postponement, saying the accused’s addresses had to be confirmed, statements from some of the other student complainants still had to be obtained and items allegedly found in the possession of the two accused had to be identified.

The court explained the two men’s rights to legal representation to them, but both said they did have a lawyer.

The case was postponed to later in August and the accused will be kept at the Wierdabrug police station.

August 22, 2008 - Posted by | Grand Theft Pastors, Missionary, South Africa

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