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Cop had no intention of killing teen - judge

Judge Kathleen Satchwell said Sipho Mbatha was doing his job by guarding Thato Mokoka during a raid.

Student Constable Sipho Mbatha and his attorney Kenneth Mayaga. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – A judge in student constable Sipho Mbatha’s trial on Wednesday said the officer had no intention of killing a Soweto teenager.

The officer is accused of murdering 16-year-old Thato Mokoka during a botched raid at the teen's Braamfischerville home in February.

Judge Kathleen Satchwell said Mbatha was doing his job by guarding the suspect, but said she does not understand why the shooting occurred.

Mbatha has pleaded not guilty to shooting, saying he did not intend to kill the teenager as his gun went off accidentally.

But prosecutor David Mothibe told the court that the number of shots fired at Mokoka suggested otherwise.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)



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