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Evidence weak, murder-accused’s lawyer says

2012-07-19 09:01

Cape Town - Only 15 minutes after he was murdered, a Cape Town student’s SIM card was inserted into the cellphone of one of the accused.

But lawyers for the accused - Zukisani Songwaku and Simphiwe Ngoma - said in court that all the evidence against their clients was circumstantial and no proof of murder, reported the Cape Argus.

UCT student Dominic Giddy was stabbed to death on 13 February 2010 as he walked to his Observatory home with two friends. They were attacked by three armed men and robbed.

A third man was acquitted of all charges against him two weeks ago as the judge found there was insufficient evidence linking him to the crime.

Lawyers arguing for the remaining two accused said that anything could’ve happened that night and all possibilities couldn’t be ruled out.

They also said that Giddy’s phone could have got lost anywhere and that there was no direct evidence linking the accused to the crime.

The prosecutor pointed out that Ngoma called his girlfriend on the night of the murder, proving that he was not with her as he claimed in his alibi - but his lawyer said anyone else could have made the call on the phone, which was allegedly charging at home.

The court was expected to give judgement on Thursday.  

Comments
  • rupert.beukes.1 - 2012-07-19 09:12

    Next the Lawyer will tell us what upstanding model members of society his clients is

  • charlesglass1895 - 2012-07-19 09:17

    I suppose if they found the murder weapon in his possession and the victims blood on his clothes that anyone could have put it there too...? Where is the logic???

  • grant.hide - 2012-07-19 09:18

    one time pin? has this not crossed their minds? Or has criminals got the upper hand in this country?

  • foxiloxi - 2012-07-19 09:32

    Lawyers - all scum of the earth!!

      Koos - 2012-07-19 10:07

      Agreed!

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-19 09:39

    I think very poor police work here

      wesleywt - 2012-07-19 09:57

      How? The lawyer has to say something. The case is pretty clear.

  • Felix Njewa Kankhukwa - 2012-07-19 09:41

    To be a lawyer & to be of loyalty? to who?

      wesleywt - 2012-07-19 09:59

      Its their job. We want actual guilty people in jail. Imagine it was you being accused. Even in a case like this where the evidence is damning the lawyer still has to try.

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-07-19 10:28

    THE DEVILS ADVOCATE

  • djmichaelangello - 2012-07-19 10:45

    In my opinion the lawyer wants murdering, and any other lawyer who tries to get scum like these off when it is clear to see they are as guilty as hell !!Dying for one of these types to come and try to rob me, they will be dead and buried !

  • emmanuel.vuma - 2012-07-19 11:12

    If they can't find evidence to lock these murderers up,let them get out and we will stone them to death.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-07-19 11:22

    Laywers are probalby being paid good money to protect some big shot in the process. I hope the judge cannot be bought. Any BS excuse is a good enough excuse for these lawyers.

  • deus.exmachina.58367 - 2012-07-19 15:43

    Lawyers. Two young men stole my car and on the way to the township, rolled it into a ditch. When they came to, the police were there and took them away as the car was reported as stolen. The lawyer told them to say that they were 'hitching a ride' and that the driver ran away. Both men walked away to steal another day. Makes me angry...very very angry.

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