Kidnap attempt suspect denied bail

2011-11-15 10:52

The man accused of trying to abduct an 18-year-old girl outside a Florida high school was denied bail by the Roodepoort Magistrates Court today.

“It will not be in the interest of justice to grant bail,” Magistrate John Baloyi said.

The case was postponed until November 23.

As the judgment was read, Mohammed Adams (21) wiped tears from his eyes with the same scarf he had previously used to hide his face.

“One shudders to think what would have happened to the learner if the security guard hadn’t succeeded in scaring away the suspect,” Baloyi said.

Adams was arrested for trying to abduct the girl outside Hoërskool Die Burger, west of Joburg, on October 19.

The Florida high school is the same one attended by Louise de Waal (16), who was abducted while on her way to school on October 12. Her burnt body was found on a farm in Magaliesburg later that day.

De Waal’s abduction and murder played an important part in the prosecution’s argument.

The court heard earlier in November that the school security guard, the only eyewitness, saw the girl being dropped off at school by her parents at 5.45am.

He told the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Boitumelo Mareko, that Adams arrived a short while later in a silver car. He got out of the car, opened the boot, took out a screwdriver and approached the girl.

Mareko said Adams started pulling the girl by her elbow and jersey towards his car and that she started screaming.

The security guard approached the two and shouted at Adams, who got into his car and drove away.
A description of him, his car and number plate was given to the police.

When police found and interviewed Adams, he “acknowledged that he was at the school at the time”, said Mareko.

The car was searched, but only newspapers and a pair of jeans were found inside.

Police explained the allegations to Adams and then arrested him.

Outside the court yesterday, the unnamed schoolgirl’s mother said she was happy.

“Now my daughter can write her exams without being worried,” she said.

Adams’ family was upset. His wife cried and said they would have to move because they could not pay their rent.

His father, who did not want to be named, said he was disappointed. 

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