Young Estcourt murder accused in new bid for bail

2008-02-01 00:00

Estcourt murder accused Mohamed Shuaib Sathar (21), whose high court trial is due to continue on May 5, has renewed his efforts to be granted bail.

Sathar is charged with the murder of his cousin, Safia Mahomed (21), in 2005. He has failed in two previous applications for bail.

His advocate, Gideon Scheltema, SC, yesterday applied again for bail based on “new facts”, the main factor being further anticipated delays in the finalisation of the trial.

Scheltema told regional magistrate Fred de Beer that by the year end, Sathar will have spent three years in custody. The case is due to continue on May 5, and thereafter on July 8. However, the likelihood is that the case will not be finalised then.

He also urged the court to consider a report by clinical psychologist Neville Hodgson, which concluded that Sathar’s “lower level of intellectual functioning, emotional immaturity, poor self image and apparent lack of confidence could lead to problems of adaptive coping, especially in adversarial or stressful contexts”.

The report also refers to Sathar’s alleged abuse of drugs from early adolescence.

State advocate Dorian Paver said he wishes to submit evidence to oppose bail.

The bail hearing was postponed until next Friday in Greytown.

Sathar is charged with having murdered Safia Mahomed in her home on September 15, 2005.

At the time, Sathar was 19.

The state alleges that some time prior to the murder he had become “disgruntled” with her.

At about midday on the day in question, he allegedly went to her home, knowing she would be alone.

After she invited him in, he allegedly instigated an argument with her, picked up a dumb-bell lying nearby and repeatedly struck her on the head with it.

He allegedly got a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her in the neck and slit her throat.

He allegedly fled the scene with the knife and later discarded it near a railway line.

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