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Trial of alleged killer cop continues

Student constable Sipho Mbatha’s trial was postponed on Monday.

Police on the scene. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The trial of a student constable accused of killing a teenager during a raid in Soweto is expected to resume in the South Gauteng court on Thursday.

Sipho Mbatha (41) is accused of shooting 16-year-old Thato Mokoka dead outside his home in Braamfischerville in February.

Mbatha's trial was postponed on Monday because the presiding judge was not available.

His R5,000 was extended, but it remains unclear how he was released from prison.

Its understood his lawyers made an urgent application and managed to secure his freedom.

Mbatha is accused of shooting Mokoka three times with an R5 rifle during a raid at the teenager's home.

Police suspected Mokoka was part of a gang that terrorised school children in the township.

It is alleged Mbatha ordered the teenager to lie down on his stomach before shooting him at close range.

The policeman has consistently denied this saying the firearm went off by accident.

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