Outburst at bail in beggar murder case

2016-06-15 06:00

AN angry outburst greeted a magistrate’s decision on Tuesday to grant bail to 25-year-old Altaaf Dawood, who is charged with shooting dead a 17-year-old beggar.

Dawood was granted bail of R10 000 by Pietermaritzburg ­Magistrate M. Boi­khutso and was ordered to relocate to an address in Durban pending the ­finalisation of his trial­.

He is charged with shooting dead Fana Cebolethu Mkhize outside a mosque in Church Street on 21 May.

Boikhutso said that in her opinion however, the state has “less than an overwhelming case” against Dawood and said it is likely to be a long time before the matter goes to trial since it was confirmed on Tuesday that police have still not recovered the murder weapon.

Boikhutso said Dawood, a ­general worker at Big Sky Trading in the city, has no previous ­convictions or pending cases.

His attorney Phumlani Fakude said the incident took place at night and that even though CCTV ­footage had captured the shooting, Dawood would say he was among a group of other Muslim people going to mosque at the time, who were wearing the same ­clothing as he was. He maintains it is a question of mistaken identity.

Dawood said he would plead not guilty.

Boikhutso ordered Dawood to ­report daily to a police station in the Durban area while awaiting his trial, and warned him not to interfere with or intimidate any witnesses, or to “get any third party to try to ­influence the outcome” of the case in any way. The case was postponed to 12 ­July, pending further investigations by police.

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