South Africa 31.3.2014 07:19 am

Krejcir-linked man back in court

FILE PIC: Radovan Krejcir. Picture: Neil McCartney

FILE PIC: Radovan Krejcir. Picture: Neil McCartney

Owen Serero, allegedly linked to the attempted murder of investigators in the case against Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir, is expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court today.

Serero 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.

He was also part of a group of people arrested in connection with the attempted murder of the investigators of Krejcir’s case.

In his last court appearance, the matter was postponed for further investigations.

The court also heard that he was found in possession of five cellphones and two hacksaws while in custody.

“While Mr Serero was in prison his cell was searched; five cellphones and two hacksaws were found in his possession,” investigating officer Sifiso Xulu told the court.

Prosecutor Penny Pillay asked the court to allow Serero to be moved from the Johannesburg Central Prison to Pretoria Central Prison.

This was because Xulu said it was difficult to get hold of Serero while detained in Johannesburg because they did not have access to the facility.

“We are not able to find him when we need him for investigations. In Pretoria we will easily find him,” Xulu told the court.

Magistrate Simon Radasi ruled that Serero be held in Pretoria and that his close family members be allowed to visit him.

– Sapa

 

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