Somalian shop owner out on bail over murder

2015-02-13 09:49

A Somalian shop owner, Alodixashi Sheik Yusuf, was yesterday released on bail in the Protea Magistrates’ Court for shooting dead a Soweto teenager.

“Facts before me show you might be guilty of culpable homicide and not murder,” The New Age quoted Magistrate Herman Badenhorst as saying.

Yusuf was granted bail of R2 000 after his legal status was verified. The matter was postponed to March 11.

“Circumstantial evidence supports the accused’s version [that] he shot two warning shots through the roof and one at the closed door,” Badenhorst was quoted as saying.

Badenhorst reportedly said Yusuf may have overreacted and shot someone through the door while firing warning shots.

Yusuf is accused of shooting dead Siphiwe Mahori (14) in Snake Park, Soweto, last month. He allegedly fired at a group of people trying to rob his shop.

The shooting sparked a wave of looting of shops owned by foreigners. The looting spread from Soweto to Kagiso on the West Rand and Sebokeng in the Vaal, causing several deaths, including that of a baby who was trampled by a group of running people.

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