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Mantsoe to remain behind bars for at least another month

The prosecution on Friday asked for a postponement, citing delays in forensic results from the lab.

FILE: The funeral service of Karabo Mokoena. Picture: Katleho Sekhoto/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers for murder accused Sandile Mantsoe say they are not ruling out the prospect of applying for bail as the case against him continues to be delayed.

Mantsoe made a brief appearance in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court earlier on Friday.

He’s accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Karabo Mokoena, setting her body alight and dumping it in Lyndhurst in May.

Mantsoe will have to remain behind bars for at least another month.

The prosecution on Friday asked for a postponement, citing delays in forensic results from the lab.

However, Magistrate Piet du Plessis was clearly irritated, given that the prosecution only approached the lab two weeks ago.

Mantsoe’s lawyer Victor Simelane said: “We’re waiting for the State to disclose whatever evidence it has against our client. And then, once we have received those documents we’ll then be able to decide on the way forward.”

Mantsoe was denied bail last month, however, Simelane says they may consider approaching the court with yet another bail application.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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