The accused persons, being citizens of the United States of America, are jointly charged with Murder; Robbery with aggravating circumstances; contraventions of sections 22(1), 2, and 33 of the Arms and Ammunition Act 7 of 1996; and Defeating or obstructing the course of justice. It is the state’s contention that, when the accused persons committed the alleged offences, they were acting with common purpose.
On 11 November 2014, the accused persons pleaded not guilty to all charges preferred against them and elected not to disclose the bases of their respective defences. During the course of the state’s . . .