Murison accused drops bail bid

2008-03-15 00:00

The man charged with the brutal murder of Michelle Murison (31) in front of her baby daughter, Martin Zondi (26) of Sweetwaters, yesterday abandoned his application for bail.

Magistrate Paul van Dongen adjourned the case to March 31.

Zondi’s advocate, Brad Osborne, said the bail application could be resurrected.

Murison, who was stabbed 22 times and bludgeoned on the head, was found dead in her Wembley home on February 6. There were indications that a violent struggle took place. Her baby daughter was crawling in her mother’s blood when a security officer went to check on her.

Zondi was working for Murison’s common-law husband Kevin Liddell’s Big Beat Productions sound company.

Inspector Swami Pillay, of the Organised Crime Unit, told the court on March 7 that two bloodied knives, a screwdriver and a hammer were found in the garden.

Her car was stolen and was found about six kilometres away.

Pillay said Zondi was meant to have accompanied Liddell and other workers to organise a function that evening but complained of a headache and was dropped off in the city centre at 5.10 pm.

Pillay said this pointed to the murder having been premeditated.

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