Magistrate Sa said he felt it was not in the interest of justice to grant the murder accused
12 MAR 2013 18:31 - MEGGAN SAVILLE
The nine police officers accused of killing taxi driver Emidio Macia have been denied bail by the Benoni Magistrate's Court.
The accused are Thamsanqa Ncema (35), Linda Sololo (56), Meshack Malele (45), Motome Walter Ramatlou (37), Percy Mnisi (26), Bongumusa Mdluli (25), Sipho Ngobeni (30), Lungisa Ewababa (31) and Bongani Kolisi (27).
It also appeared evidence had been lost or hidden. Macia's shoes were never found. The pants he was wearing at the time of the attack were found between a safe and police cells, said Makamu.
Earlier, defence lawyer Sam Leso said media reports and the footage of Macia being dragged did not present an accurate account of events. He claimed Macia resisted arrest and began fighting with two of the accused police officers.
Leso and Elias Tshole both made mention of the fact that murder-accused athlete Oscar Pistorius was recently granted bail, in a case that drew significant public and media attention. Makamu said the Pistorius matter had nothing to do with the case at hand.
Friday 15 March 2013 another North West policeman accused of dragging a court interpretor next to a police vehicle?