New twist in police officer murder trial 

2017-05-04 06:01

ANDILE SITHOLE

Andile.Sithole@media24.com

A TWIST has emerged in the murder trial of former SAPS Captain Brenda Saligram (42) in Verulam Magistrate’s court after the defence filed an urgent application in court asking the magistrate to step down.

The defence has accused the magistrate of being biased and suggested that the matter be postponed for a special review.

Saligram, former captain for Maydon Wharf police station, was shot dead at her home in Verulam allegedly by her boyfriend, Warrant Officer Krishna Soobramoney on August 28, 2013.

She died of a gunshot wound to her head.

The advocate representing the accused filed an application before the trial resumed in the morning and asked the magistrate to step down accusing her of being biased.

The advocate wanted the court to dismiss the evidence of the doctor who testified in court saying Saligram had been suffering from depression.

A witness told court that the deceased was using medication for depression and had bruises on her face.

The magistrate refused to step down saying the evidence brought by the witnesses in court was within the framework of the law.

According to the information in court the accused had told the relatives of the deceased that she had committed suicide.

The state prosecutor Musa Myeni argued that the court must accept all the evidence brought by the witnesses.

He further said that the state will submit a statement made by the accused to the police on the day he was arrested that contained damning details about Saligram’s death.

The accused had appeared in court on February 24 and the case was adjourned to allow other state witnesses to testify. The state is expected to call in another doctor who examined the deceased before she died to testify in court. The matter was posted until May 31 to allow the state to submit a statement to the court that shows contradicting evidence of the accused.

 

A TWIST has emerged in the murder trial of former SAPS captain Brenda Saligram (42) in Verulam Magistrate’s court after the defence filed an urgent application in court asking the magistrate to step down.
The defence has accused the magistrate of being biased and suggested that the matter be postponed for a special review.

Saligram, former captain for Maydon Wharf police station, was shot dead at her home in Verulam allegedly by her boyfriend, Warrant Officer Krishna Soobramoney on August 28, 2013.
She died of gunshot wound to her head.

The advocate representing the accused filed an application before the trial resumed in the morning and asked the magistrate to step down accusing her being biased.

The advocate wanted the court to dismiss the evidence of the doctor who testified in court saying Saligram had been suffering from depression.
A witness told court that the deceased was using medication for depression and had bruises on her face.

The magistrate refused to step down saying the evidence brought by the witnesses in court was within the framework of the law.
According to the information in court the accused had told the relatives of the deceased that she had committed suicide.

The state prosecutor Musa Myeni argued that the court must accept all the evidence brought by the witnesses.
He further said that the state will submit a statement made by the accused to the police on the day he was arrested that contained damning details about Saligram’s death.

The accused had appeared in court on February 24 and the case was adjourned to allow other state witnesses to testify.
The state is expected to call in another doctor who examined the deceased before she died to testify in court. The matter was posted until May 31 to allow the state to submit a statement to the court that shows contradicting evidence of the accused.

 

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