A PORT Elizabeth magistrate berated the police yesterday when he was forced to strike a case off the roll after the investigations, which date back nearly four years, were still incomplete.
As a result, two charges of murder and one of kidnapping were provisionally withdrawn against Sergeant Vuyani Jindela, 30, of the mounted unit, and his co-accused, Russell Road College student Nolusindiso Pikoli, 30, and Khaya Mbongi, 32, all of KwaDwesi.
It is alleged they kidnapped and murdered Ricardo Mabhuti and Ralton Jacobs, both in their 20s, after the pair allegedly broke into Jindela's home in December 2009.
It is alleged that on December 27 2009, the accused tortured the two men to death.
Prosecutor Ismart Serfontein said she was unable to continue with the case without the vital DNA evidence which the state had hoped would tie Jindela's vehicle to the crime.
Addressing magistrate Dan Ngoqo, Serfontein said: "Officer [Godfrey] Gallant refused to remain in attendance.
Ngoqo said the conduct of the police was "shocking" and "annoying".
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