Anene case: Bail denied to avoid public outrage

2013-02-28 00:00

BREDASDORP — Magistrate Graham Cupido yesterday refused to grant bail to Jonathan “Zwai” Davids to avoid public outrage in the town as well as nationally.

Davids is a co-accused in the rape and fatal torture of Anene Booysen (17), who died in hospital after whispering her rapist’s name to her mother. Only Davids (22) had applied for bail. His co-accused, Johannes Kana (21), said he will apply at a later stage.

The court was packed when Cupido started reading his bail ruling. The magistrate said the State had a prima facie case against Davids. He said while it was unlikely that Davids would flee, or interfere with witnesses, there was no doubt that the community would be outraged if he was released on bail. “It is clear that this crime has sent shock waves through Bredasdorp, but also the entire country and world,” Cupido said. The case continues on April 22.

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