‘Bank robbers’ on trial



October 25, 2016
‘Bank robbers’ on trial

IN COURT: Kensley and Carmen Kolbe, both 39

Five in court for 2014 Standard Bank robbery.

A female bank manager believed to be the mastermind behind a robbery at her workplace will be facing trial soon.

Carmen Kolbe, 39, her ex-husband, Kensley Kolbe, 39, and their co-accused Ebrahim Isaacs, 45, Samoska Hattes, 48, and Leroy Ackerman, 35 made a brief appearance at the Blue Downs Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

It is believed they robbed Standard Bank Kuils River branch on November 12, 2014, where
R500 000 was stolen.

Kolbe and her estranged spouse who still live together at their home in Blackheath were released on R10 000 bail last month, while the three others were granted R8000 bail.

A regional court date for trial is expected to be announced on November 29.

Both Kolbe and her ex-husband have indicated they will be pleading not guilty to robbery charges.

Meanwhile, Hattes and Ackerman allegedly confessed, while two other suspects have turned State witness.

Last month the Hawks and the police’s flying squad made a breakthrough after two years when they arrested the group of seven.

Prosecutors are set to prove Carmen Kolbe was the mastermind behind the heist.

Kolbe was the branch manager at Kuilsriver Standard Bank at the time of the robbery and was the team leader at Zevenwacht Mall at the time of her arrest.

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