The trial of a 35-year-old man accused of killing a German tourist on the road leading to Kruger National Park’s Numbi Gate earlier this month has been adjourned. The matter was adjourned to November 7 for a decision on Napoleon Joseph Nyalungu’s bail application.
Nyalungu appeared in the KaBokweni Magistrate’s Court, near White River, Mpumalanga. He faces charges of murder, attempted robbery and attempted kidnapping. Nyalungu and friends allegedly approached the German tourist – Jörg Schnarr, his wife and two other tourists.
Nyalungu was arrested in Mbombela after police launched a manhunt for people who attacked the tourists. He was arrested in Mbombela two weeks ago. He wants to be released on bail. His lawyer told the court that Nyalungu was a suspect who was cooperating.
To demonstrate this point, he told the court that Nyalungu was summoned twice to the KaBokweni court to meet the police and he cooperated. He says he also met the police at a gas station in Carino, near Kanyamazane.
Lawyer Aubrey Mlilazi says his client will plead not guilty.
“These are the questions that were raised by the state itself, they confirmed that he was not the one who fired the shots. If you look at the case as told based on publicly known information. Even you yourself heard him indicate that he had met with the people who had dealt with this matter four times before. So if one can ask if he really is the suspect, why wasn’t he arrested first? What I am saying is that he is not the right person.
A robbery case is pending against Nyalungu. The alleged offense took place in Barberton. Urging the court to release him on bail — Nyalunga told the court that he has three minor children and is not a flight risk.
The investigating officer told the court that before the tourists were attacked, Nyalunga and his friends were involved in a botched robbery in Acornhoek, near Bushbuckridge. But Milazi told the court that Nyalungu was not involved in the crime as claimed by the police.
Police have seized the alleged getaway car – which was traced to a loan shark – who owed money from Nyalungu. Nyalungu is said to have taken the car to the moneylender on the night of the murder.
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