#JusticeforDillon gains momentum

2017-09-27 06:03

HUNDREDS of KwaDukuza community members protested outside the Kwa-Dukuza Magistrate's Court last Thursday demanding justice for murdered Glenhills youth, Dillon Puckree. The three accused made their first appearance in the KwaDukuza Magistrate's Court on Thursday in connection with Puckree's murder.

The case for two of the accused was postponed to Thursday, September 21 for bail application.

Ruvaal Mudali and Preston Naidoo have been remanded in custody at the KwaDukuza and Umhlali SAPS respectively. The third suspect, a minor who cannot be named, had also appeared. He was also remanded in custody by presiding magistrate Shobha Maharaj. He appeared again on Friday for his formal bail application, which was denied. He remained in custody and was due to appear in court again yesterday (Tuesday, September 19) for his second bail application.


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According to information from the court, representations made by the defence on behalf of the minor was not accepted by the senior prosecutor.

He will now be appearing together with his co-accused on Thursday for the formal bail hearing. He will remain in police custody until the appearance.

Twenty-four-year-old Puckree was allegedly beaten and left for dead by a “group of boys” in Stanger Manor on Friday night, September 8.

Puckree, who was a well known taxi conductor in Glenhills, succumbed to his injuries at the Stanger Hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning. According to witnesses the victim is believed to have been on a night out with friends when he was walking alone near the Stanger Manor bus terminals and was approached by a group of young men who began to assault him, kicking and stomping on him.

After intensive investigation, investigating officers, detectives, Warrant Officer Pat Moonsamy and Warrant Officer Vivi Kistiah arrested the three suspects on Tuesday, September 12.

While rumors of a fourth suspect turning state witness is doing rounds on social media and in the community, the authorities have yet to confirm this information.

Community members have come out in their numbers in support of the Puckree family and a protest will be held again on Thursday this week outside the court building.

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