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Accused in conspiracy case faces further charges

Johannesburg - One of the men accused of involvement in a plot to kill forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan is facing 12 additional charges.

Magistrate Paul du Plessis postponed the case against Owen Serero for seven days in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan. Photo: Antoine de Ras. Credit: INLSA

This was to allow Serero time to hire a legal representative and for the State to verify his details and check for a possible criminal record.

The 32-year-old

Serero was arrested last Thursday, initially on conspiracy to commit murder, but Du Plessis informed him of the State’s additional charges against him.

The charges include three counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances; two charges of illegal possession of a firearm; two charges of illegal possession of ammunition; three counts of theft of a motor vehicle; one count of reckless driving; and one count of escaping lawful custody.

State prosecutor Vincent Ndzuke said outside court that the State could not yet reveal details about the charges.

At least seven members of the heavily armed elite police unit, the Tactical Response Team, were in court when Serero, dressed in a dirty jersey, appeared in the dock.

Ndzuke said outside the court that Serero was being held at Pretoria Central Prison due to security concerns.

Du Plessis warned Serero of the seriousness of the charges against him as well as the “potential long-term imprisonment” he could face, and told him to instruct his legal representative sufficiently before his next appearance.

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