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Alleged CBD robber in court

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Another unknown man then opened the front door of the car and grabbed his wife’s cellphone and ran away with it.

Robbery shooting scene. Picture: Danie van der Lith

THE MAN who was shot in the CBD last month after an apparent robbery gone wrong, Tshepo Mervin Chweu, appeared briefly in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Chweu is facing a charge of theft.

Charl Stoltz, from Van der Kloof, is meanwhile facing a preliminary charge of attempted murder after shooting Chweu, who allegedly attempted to steal Stoltz’s wife’s cellphone out of his Hyundai Tucson while he was waiting for her and his children outside the Department of Home Affairs in New Main Road last month.

Stoltz told the court previously that he was waiting in his vehicle when an unknown man knocked on his back window and told him that there was a problem with his car. He said he climbed out of the vehicle to see what was wrong and the unknown man then ran away.

Stoltz added that another unknown man then opened the front door of the car and grabbed his wife’s cellphone and ran away with it.

Stoltz claimed that he fired a warning shot after asking the unknown man numerous times to stop. He said he aimed at the man’s legs and fired off a shot.

Chweu spent weeks in hospital recovering from a bullet wound and faces the possibility of being paralysed. He appeared in court in a wheelchair yesterday.

The case was postponed as the State indicated yesterday that it can’t even be sure that Chweu is who claims to be. “He has so many surnames,” the prosecutor said.

Stoltz meanwhile will reappear in court next week.