Murdered man’s family want bail of accused killers to be denied

2015-01-14 00:00

CROWDS wearing “Justice for Paul ­Moses” T-shirts filled the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday where the state reviewed the bail application of Moses’s two alleged killers.

Comprised mostly of family and friends, the large support group sat ­eagerly in the A court, attentively listening to magistrate Ntsoaki Ndawondwe as she reviewed the state’s opposition for bail for Ashwin Chetty and Emanuel Manikum, both accused of the murder of Moses of Durban last year.

Early in December last year, The ­Witness reported the recovery of Moses’s body in a shallow grave on Greytown Road after a five-day search. He was found with a gunshot wound to his head, while his vehicle was recovered in Stork Road, Northdale.

Family spokesperson Manesh Pooran Ramsuban said the family do not want the accused to get bail.

“You killed an innocent man and ­expect us to settle for bail? We want them to get nailed,” Ramsuban said.

He said that the family has not been able to recover from the murder.

“Paul had a seven-year-old grandson who spent every minute with him. He keeps asking about his grandfather. How do you deal with that?” Ramsuban asked.

According to Warrant Officer ­Mbongeni Dladla, the investigating ­officer in the case who testified against the bail of the accused yesterday, Moses was to meet with Chetty to purchase a car on December 11. When Moses ­arrived from Durban, he was met by Chetty and ­Manikum who explained that the car was currently in Mooi River.

Moses agreed to drive the two men to Mooi River. He had two cellphones and a large amount of cash in his possession. En route, Chetty allegedly asked Moses to pull over so he could urinate and that’s allegedly when Moses was shot in the head.

According to Dladla, it is unclear which of the accused shot Moses as they have both been pointing the finger at one ­another.

After he was shot, the two men allegedly placed his dead body in the back seat of the car and drove back to Pietermaritzburg where they dumped the remains on Greytown Road, before Chetty allegedly took the car to his in-laws’ home.

Dladla said that Manikum handed himself over to the police on December 15, and assisted them in recovering the body and pointing out where Chetty lived. Police promptly arrested Chetty and recovered the firearm allegedly used in the murder.

According to Dladla, the firearm was stolen from officer Stanton Francis of the Mountain Rise police station in 2011.

In affidavits presented to the court yesterday, both men denied all charges against them and pleaded not guilty, even though they had both allegedly ­confessed to the murder previously, said Dladla.

Chetty further alleged that he was forced to confess after being brutally ­interrogated by police.

In their bail application, both the ­accused said they were not in possession of a passport and did not have the financial means to leave the country.

Dladla opposed bail, saying both the accused would not attend the trial and were unemployed, therefore had no reason to stay in Pietermaritzburg. He added that there has been a public outcry for bail to be denied and that he fears for the safety of the witnesses in the case if bail is granted.

Evidence from the ballistic report, the postmortem report, photographs and fingerprints from the car, blood tests and two witness statements are still out-standing in the investigation, and both men have been remanded in custody since December with very little evidence against them. This was the argument by the defence attorneys in their cross examination of Dladla yesterday.

The case was postponed to tomorrow and both men will be detained until then.

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