Curious case of 'drugs, a gun and crayfish' postponed

2015-07-23 17:27
Igshaan Davids, the alleged Americans gang leader, outside the Cape Town Magistrate's Court. (Credit Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Igshaan Davids, the alleged Americans gang leader, outside the Cape Town Magistrate's Court. (Credit Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town - It was a curious case of “drugs, a gun and crayfish” on Thursday as a lawyer for alleged Americans gang leader Igshaan Davids and his co-accused demanded to know if police have managed to lift fingerprints linking them to the objects.

“Allegedly the drugs were found in a hole buried and simply what happened is that everyone around or near [the yard] was arrested,” attorney Zirk MacKay told the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court.

“The fingerprint report is the only possible thing that can link the accused to the crime… All that [we need] to know is if there are fingerprints.”

MacKay raised the issue after the State requested a postponement because a forensic report is still outstanding.

The court granted a postponement to September 9, but ordered the State to inform the defence about the fingerprints by that time.

The accused first appeared in court on May 11. No further details on the alleged crimes or arrests are available.

Davids, 44, and Fortuin Ruiters, 36, are out on R5 000 bail each.

Faldiela Davids, 45, Mishka Davids, 21, and Reece Fynn, 22, are out on R1 000 bail each. The same address in Kensington is listed for all three Davids, although it is not clear how they are related.

In Igshaan Davids' bail affidavit, he lists his occupation as a building subcontractor, earning about R9 000 per month.

He stated in the document that he intends pleading not guilty to possession of drugs, a weapon and crayfish.

“In the interest of justice, there was no valid search warrant, nothing was found on my person and I want to prove my innocence,” he said.

Igshaan Davids, wearing jeans, a white shirt and bulky jacket, smiled at reporters as he left court.

His younger brother, Clinton Davids, was sentenced to 28 years in prison in 2007 for his part in the murders of actor Brett Goldin and fashion designer Richard Bloom.

According to his affidavit, Igshaan Davids has been convicted of five crimes between 1989 and 2014. He received seven years for culpable homicide in 1991. Last year he received a R3 000 fine and a suspended sentence for possession of 10 Mandrax tablets.

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