N3 murder accused in PMB court

2008-03-26 00:00

Estcourt man Azeem Yunus Mahomed, charged with the murder of a motorist and attempted murder of a woman and her child in a drive-by shooting on the N3 on May 17 last year, appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg high court yesterday.

His trial was adjourned until October 27, at the request of the defence, on the grounds that Mahomed suffered a heart attack recently and has not yet fully recovered.

Judge Vivienne Niles-Duner also granted an application to vary the accused’s bail conditions to enable him to stay with family in Estcourt during his recuperation and pending his trial.

A previous condition of his R20 000 bail was that Mahomed was not allowed to enter the district of Estcourt and was confined to the Durban area. In terms of the new conditions, he may not leave the magisterial district of Estcourt without the permission of the investigating officer in the case, and has to report to police twice a week.

Mahomed is charged with the murder of Vinod Ramsarup and attempted murder of Sarah Sathar and her eight-year-old daughter.

The car occupied by the trio came under fire on the N3 while Ramsarup was taking Sathar and her child to prison in Pietermaritzburg, where Sathar was to visit her son, Mohamed Shuaib Sathar, who is currently still on trial for the murder of Azeem Mahomed’s sister, Safia Mahomed.

Sarah Sathar was seriously injured, but she and her daughter survived the attack. Ramsarup was shot in the head and killed.

ingrido@witness.co.za

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