Accused parole could be revoked

By Drum Digital
13 September 2012

A man in custody for the murder of 21-year-old Olwyn Cowley could have his parole revoked, it was reported on Thursday.

The Cape Argus reported that Soegbodien Abvajee, 52, was released on parole for the second time in April for good behaviour, after rehabilitation courses and skills training.

"Although he is still awaiting trial on the new charge, consideration is being given to revoke his parole so that he can start serving the remainder of his previous sentence as a sentenced offender," correctional services spokesman Koos Gerber said.

Abvajee had about seven years of prison ahead of him for an armed robbery he was convicted of in 2004. He had apparently been in and out of prison since 2000 and had previously absconded from parole.

He was charged along with Jason Elias, 30, Shawaal Staggie, 26, and Rameez Felix, 29, for the death of Cowley, whom they contacted through classifieds website Gumtree.

Cowley had posted an advertisement for his silver BMW 325 TI.

His body was found at Monwabisi beach at the end of August with two bullet wounds to the head. His BMW was later found in Mitchells Plain.

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