Somali shop owner back in court

2015-03-11 05:55
The shooting of a teen in Soweto sparked a wave of looting in the area. (Mikzo, Twitter)

The shooting of a teen in Soweto sparked a wave of looting in the area. (Mikzo, Twitter)

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Johannesburg - A Somali shop owner, Alodixashi Sheik Yusuf, is expected to appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for allegedly shooting dead a Soweto teenager in Snake Park.

The shooting sparked a wave of looting of foreign-owned shops, which spread from Soweto to Kagiso on the West Rand and Sebokeng in the Vaal, causing several deaths, including a baby who was trampled by a group of running people.

Yusuf is accused of shooting dead Siphiwe Mahori, 14, in Snake Park, Soweto. He allegedly fired at a group of people trying to rob his shop.

Yusuf was released on bail of R2000 when he appeared in court last month.

Magistrate Herman Badenhorst was quoted as saying: "Facts before me show you might be guilty of culpable homicide and not murder".

"Circumstantial evidence supports the accused's version [that] he shot two warning shots through the roof and one at the closed door," Badenhorst was quoted as saying.

Badenhorst reportedly said Yusuf may have overreacted and shot someone through the door while firing warning shots.

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