Man held for drinking killed in cell

2012-07-25 09:10
Holding cell

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Cape Town - A man who had been locked up in a holding cell after he was caught drinking in public, was killed by two men during a fight in their cell in the night, a court has heard.

The Cape Argus reported that Daniel Dyosi, 40, and Sipho Mhlanga, 33, had been locked up at the Durbanville police station for drinking in public on 21 April.

When airport freight clerk Eben Meyer was brought to their cell a few hours later, he allegedly started attacking them.

“When I woke up, (Meyer) started assaulting me,” Mhlanga testified.

“[Meyer] said a number of things, like we are kaffirs and not allowed to sleep there. We allowed him to assault us for 30 minutes and then we became tired and fought back.

“After we assaulted [him], [Meyer] apologised and [Dyosi] gave him a blanket and then we slept.”

But at about 04:00, police discovered that Meyer had died.

The State said it was in possession of witness statements that told how Meyer’s head was bashed against the wall and on the concrete floor during the fight.

Dyosi and Mhlanga were charged with murder.

Both men have requested to be released on bail to look after their children and find new jobs.

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