A thirty-year-old man was arrested and released on bail of R1 500 after he was charged for robbery.

The State alleges that Sthembiso Jali robbed the complainant of his watch and wallet at gunpoint.  He tried to flee the scene but was apprehended by local security members who were alerted by the victim. 

In his bid to get bail, the accused prepared a sworn statement, which was read by his legal adviser, Ms Penniston from Legal Aid SA. 

Penniston submitted that her client had no previous convictions or any pending cases.

The public defender told the court that Jali was willing to abide by any bail conditions set by the court.  He also had no intentions of interfering with the State witnesses or the police investigations.  The State did not oppose Jali's bail application.  In ruling, Magistrate Parshotam considered the bail applicant's personal circumstances, the seriousness of the offence and the interest of society. 

Parshotam found that it was in the interest of society to release Jali on bail.  The magistrate set bail at R1 500 and adjourned the matter to 25 October 2019 for further investigations.

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