Man accused of Imbali ‘road rage’ murder fails to appear in court

2015-07-28 09:49
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THE trial of a man charged with murder arising from a “road rage” incident, was postponed until today in the Pietermaritzburg high court after the accused failed to appear in court yesterday.

Judge Mahendra Chetty, sitting with an assessor, authorised a warrant for the arrest of Ian Williams (27) of Orient Heights, but he ordered that it be stayed until today after being told that Williams had allegedly “collapsed” on Sunday and was seeking medical treatment yesterday

Williams is charged with shooting 28-year-old Tyron Terry in the head at Imbali, a day after the two men clashed over an allegation that whilst driving, ­Williams had “changed lanes and swerved in front of” Terry.

The state alleges in its indictment that following the incident in Mthomhothi Road in Imbali township on March 25, 2012, both men stopped their vehicles and “had words”.

Williams allegedly was “unapologetic” and decided to kill Terry.

He thereafter armed himself with a firearm and decided to execute the plan the next day.

On Monday, March 26, 2012, Williams allegedly set out to look for Terry and saw his vehicle parked in the yard of a house in Mnsinsi Road in Imbali.

He allegedly stopped his own car and alighted, went to the gate and called to Terry, who was still sitting in his car.

The indictment alleges that Williams confronted Terry and pointed his firearm at him. Terry retreated into the yard and Williams followed.

After Terry turned around and fled, Williams allegedly fired one shot, which struck Terry in the head. Williams thereafter allegedly left the scene and drove away.

Terry was admitted to Northdale Hospital but died later that night of his injuries.

Williams’s trial was due to start in the high court yesterday, but Williams was not present.

His attorney Bongani Cele told Chetty that Williams’s sister had contacted him and told him that Williams collapsed on Sunday. He was on his way to see his doctor yesterday and hence could not appear in court.

She also told him that Williams was “suffering from an acute headache”.

Chetty told Cele that he insists on getting full medical details either from Williams or his doctor before the case resumes today. He said he had to establish if Williams was justified not to come to court. He also questioned why, if he underwent a medical emergency on Sunday, was he only seeking medical treatment yesterday.

Both Cele and state advocate Attie Truter agreed that the trial could be postponed until today, and that Williams’s bail should be provisionally cancelled until then.

Truter also asked the court to stay the warrant of arrest issued for Williams until today.
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