A South African national, convicted of the murder of a 69-year-old pensioner in England where he was a taxi driver, appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of stealing a horse saddle and a boogie board.
Glen Brian Galley told the court he intended pleading guilty to the theft of the surf knee board, but not to stealing the saddle. The state had opposed bail for the unemployed Galley, with prosecutor Adele Clive telling the court the accused had been dishonest, had no assets and no fixed address.
Galley told the court he had not worked for three months and was being supported by his fiancee. He said he had no valid passport and was not a danger to society. He said he was not out on parole when he was released and then deported to South Africa.
He told the court he was deported after surrendering his British passport and was told that he could never return to “a territory anywhere in the world that flies the British flag”. However, investigating officer Sikhona Mchunu told the court that he had been unable to ascertain how Galley entered the country.
All he could find was a record of an expired South African passport. Mchunu said he was still waiting to hear from Interpol and the British High Commission on Galley’s status. On September 23, Galley was granted bail of R6 000 by Magistrate Terence Buthelezi, who rejected the state’s assertion that he was a flight risk.
Galley was convicted in May 2002 of murdering a 69-yearold woman from whom he had borrowed £20 (R320 at 2002 exchange rates) while working for a taxi company in England. The woman, whom he had transported, complained to his employers when he failed to repay her.
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They dismissed him and shortly afterwards she was found dead. Galley was sentenced to life imprisonment but was released in February 2015.
– Africa News Agency (ANA)