Teen tells of seeing stabbing

2008-11-03 00:00

A 15-year-old Newcastle boy saw a man being beaten with a baton and then saw him being stabbed in his stomach and neck while “screaming and asking for help”, the high court in Pietermaritzburg heard yesterday.

The teenager gave evidence yesterday at the trial of three Newcastle brothers, Basheer (19), Saeed (22) and Yousuf Randeree (25) who are charged with the murder of Siphiwe Mlotshwa on March 19, 2007.

The state alleges that the brothers arranged to meet Mlotshwa on March 19 as they intended to kill him.

They allegedly armed themselves with two batons and a knife. When they met him at about 6.15 pm, they allegedly punched him and assaulted him with a baton. Yousuf Randeree allegedly produced a knife and stabbed him repeatedly, killing him.

Mlotshwa is said to have died of multiple stab wounds.

The accused are alleged to have acted with a common purpose to kill the victim, but no mention is made in the court documents of the alleged motive for the murder.

The teenage witness told Judge Achmat Jappie and two assessors that he saw Saeed Randeree hit the man more than once with a baton, causing him to fall and then get up again, before Yousuf Randeree stabbed him while he lay on the ground.

“He first stabbed him in the stomach and thereafter he stabbed him in the neck … He was not trying to fight. He was screaming and asking for help.”

He said Saeed Randeree stood next to the man, watching while he was being stabbed.

Basheer Randeree kept “coming and going” and appeared to be in a state of shock, he said.

“At some stage [Basheer] screamed … He was screaming and shouting, but I could not hear what he said.”

He said Basheer Randeree was crying after the incident and sat next to the body, not wanting to leave. His brothers “took” him and drove away.

The teen testified that he was playing with a rugby ball when he heard the sound of his neighbour’s car “slam on brakes”.

He saw the neighbour, a Mr Chetty, turn his car around and decided to follow him to see what was happening.

He came upon the scene of the assault on a gravel road in the centre of Newcastle.

The teen said Chetty tried to separate the men, but he “must have realised that they were going to turn on him and he then did not interfere”, he said.

Each of the accused, who are represented by senior counsel, handed statements to the court denying the murder charge.

Basheer Randeree has pleaded that he “acted in self-defence and in defence of the lives of my brothers”.

He said in the statement he at all times believed his actions were lawful, and denied that he “directly or indirectly” caused or contributed to Mlotshwa’s death.

It is claimed on behalf of Yousuf Randeree that, in the event of the court holding that he did inflict injuries on Mlotshwa, he was acting in a “state of non-pathological temporary incapacity” at the time.

It has been pleaded by Saeed Randeree that in the event of the court finding he did participate in the commission of the crime, he was incapable of forming an intention to commit an offence because he was mentally ill.

The case is proceeding.

ingrido@witness.co.za

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