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Post office armed robbery accused applies for bail

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The man accused of the armed robbery that took place at Mankurwane post office, Frans Dillon Morakile, applied for bail in the Galeshewe District Court.

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THE MAN accused of the armed robbery that took place at Mankurwane post office, Frans Dillon Morakile, applied for bail in the Galeshewe District Court on Monday.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesperson Mojalefa Senokoatsane said Morakile was facing a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances.

“The 27-year-old is accused of having robbed the SA Post Office branch in Mankurwane near Kimberley. It is alleged that on the day of the commission of the crime, the accused, together with his accomplice, entered the post office where they accosted and pointed employees with firearms. During the robbery, the accused managed to take money, amounting to about R230,000, before fleeing the scene on foot,” said Senokoatsane.

“The community members launched a crime-busting operation to assist in looking for the suspects … They apprehended the accused, before handing him over to the police. The accused was found with money running into thousands of rand, together with the firearms that were used during the robbery.”

Senokoatsane added that the matter was adjourned to August 2 for judgment on the accused’s bail application.

“The prosecution is opposing the bail application of the accused. He was remanded in custody until his next court appearance. Investigations are ongoing.”

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