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COP SURETY FOR BANGLADESHI MURDER ACCUSED

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MBABANE – A Mbabane-based police officer has stood as surety for the Bangladesh national, who allegedly killed his countryman at Parkview Heights Flats in 2019.

This was after Acting Judge Fikile Nhlabatsi granted Delawai Gazi bail amounting to E50 000. He was ordered to pay E20 000 in cash and the balance to be in the form of sureties, and the police officer provided a VW Jetta as surety for the release of Gazi. The High Court went on to issue a warrant of arrest for two witnesses who, according to the acting judge, are either refusing or avoiding to come to court. Gazi, who was 28 years old in 2019 when the offence was committed, is also accused of robbing the deceased, Sawar Hossain. The first count, according to the charge sheet, states that on March 28, 2019 at Mbabane Parkview Heights Flats, he allegedly hit Hossain with a dumb-bell once on the head, inflicting a fatal wound. 

In the second count, the accused person was charged with robbery. He allegedly stole from Hossain items valued at E19 000. The stolen items were a black Samsung J7 cellphone valued at E3 500 and a black Samsung S+8 cellphone valued at E15 500. According to the summary of evidence, the Crown will lead 11 witnesses. The summary of evidence states that one of the witnesses saw Hossain lying in a pool of blood in his flat, which was locked. The witness peeped through a window after receiving information that the deceased’s car remained in the parking lot and the flat was locked. Another witness allegedly received blood-stained bank notes from Gazi when he sold a cellphone to him. He informed some of his countrymen about the bloodstains on the money before handing it over to the police. Acting Judge Nhlabatsi postponed the trial to next Tuesday.

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