Murder accused jumps bail of R20 000

2012-07-12 00:00

A WARRANT of arrest was authorised by high court Judge Kate Pillay yesterday for an Estcourt man, Mohammed Khan (27), who failed to appear in court for the resumption of his murder and robbery trial.

Khan’s R20 000 bail was provisionally forfeited. The forfeiture of Khan’s bail will become final within 14 days if he is not re-arrested or hands himself over to explain why he failed to attend court.

Khan is charged with the murder of a Pietermaritzburg man, Irshaad Noorgat, on September 1, 2006, near Estcourt and robbery with aggravating circumstances of a consignment of imported cigarettes and Noorgat’s Isuzu light delivery vehicle.

The cigarettes were allegedly valued at around R40 000.

He is also charged with malicious injury to property for allegedly setting fire to the stolen vehicle causing it to burn out completely.

The trial, which began in the high court on circuit in Northern KZN, was due to resume in Pietermaritzburg yesterday with evidence from a former co-accused of Khan, Wayne Jonathan de Klerk.

De Klerk is serving an effective 15-year jail sentence imposed on him in July 2009 after he pleaded guilty to the same charges as Khan.

He was escorted to court to testify for the state, where he was kept under guard in leg irons.

According to the state’s indictment, Noorgat lived in Northdale in Pietermaritzburg, was self-employed and sold imported cigarettes. He also had some customers in the Estcourt area.

It is alleged that on the day in question he had driven to Estcourt with a consignment of cigarettes for a buyer. The accused and others had learnt of the transaction and allegedly planned to rob him.

En route to the delivery point in the company of De Klerk and others he was allegedly shot and killed.

The assailants made off with the cigarettes and bakkie, which they later set alight.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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