Durban Day murder accused out on bail

2015-09-17 15:55

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Durban - Two Wentworth teenagers, accused of the fatal stabbing of Montreal King at the Durban Day music festival two weeks ago, have been released on R3 000 bail.

Tristan Augustus, 18, and Radley Warner, 19, have been charged with murder and attempted murder, and were detained in the days following King’s death.

During the pair’s formal bail application in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, the court heard argument from the state attorney who opposed their release.

It emerged that Warner had a previous conviction for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, for stabbing another man with a broken bottle.

Similarly Augustus, who is a Grade 11 pupil at Fairvale Secondary School, had also been charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, but the charges were later withdrawn.  

Investigating officer Constable Nazareen Govender gave evidence in the application, insisting that the team had secured statements from six witnesses to the stabbing, who allegedly saw Augustus stabbing King in the chest after a verbal exchange.

Warner is accused of kicking King in the head repeatedly after he had collapsed.

Govender further testified that five days prior to the Durban Day incident, Augustus had allegedly stabbed another learner at his school and that it was caught on video.

Attorneys representing the pair said that both intended pleading not guilty to the charges, and would see the trial through to the end and had no intention of evading it.

Ridewaan Sayed, representing Augustus, put forward that the video did not show his client and that no case had been registered for the stabbing.

Magistrate Vanitha Armu granted them bail of R3 000 each. 

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