New bail hearing in decapitation case

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IOL NT FUNERAL murugan Independent Newspapers Desiree Murugan's mother is comforted by a friend during her funeral. Picture: Sibusiso Ndlovu

Durban - The bail hearing of two people accused of decapitating a Durban prostitute was postponed in the Durban Regional Court on Wednesday.

The two, who are part of a group of six people accused of killing Desiree Murugan, appeared briefly. Magistrate Anand Maharaj postponed their bail hearing to September 22.

Sivonkaliso Mbili, 32, and Vusumuzi Gumede, 30, were told their legal team had agreed to the date.

They are accused along with Falakhe Khumalo, 18, and three minors. The case against Khumalo and the three minors was postponed to Friday to allow legal aid lawyers to consult them.

Municipal workers found Murugan's body at Durban's Shallcross stadium on August 18.

The Daily News reported at the time that the 39-year-old had a six-year-old son and worked as a prostitute. She reportedly had a drug habit.

Her head was found in Imfume on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.

At the time police spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker said one of the accused was a traditional healer.

The regional court was packed to capacity on Wednesday.

One woman was forced to hand in her cellphone after she was suspected of taking pictures. The unidentified woman claimed the sound the court had heard was her removing the battery from her phone.


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