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Serero to stand trial in August

Johannesburg - The trial of Owen Serero on various charges, including robbery, was set down for August in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Magistrate Simon Radasi scheduled Serero's trial from August 4 to 7.

He faces three charges of robbery, two of possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, three of motor vehicle theft, one of contravening traffic laws, one of interfering with an investigation, and one of escaping from custody.

In a separate matter Serero is accused, along with Radovan Krejcir, of plotting to kill investigators probing the Czech fugitive.

On Monday Serero, dressed in a charcoal and light grey jacket, stood quietly in the dock as the trial dates were discussed.

During one of his appearances in March, the court heard police found five cellphones and two hacksaws in his cell. It was unclear how Serero, who had previously escaped from police custody, had obtained the phones and saws.

In the other case, Serero, Krejcir, Siboniso Miya, Zoduma Biyela, Jacob Nare, Nkanyiso Mafunda, and police sergeant Nandi Nkosi are accused of conspiring to kill Colonel Nkosana “Killer” Ximba and forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan.

This matter would be heard in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Friday. It was postponed for the State to amend its indictment against the accused and for the matter to be transferred to the High Court in Johannesburg.

Serero's family was in court, but declined to comment. - Sapa

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