We’ll take it one day at a time, lawyer says after Jub Jub bail bid fails

2013-11-28 11:39

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Convicted murderer Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye’s attempt to stay out of jail has failed yet again.

Judge Natvarlal Ranchod of South Gauteng High Court dismissed his application today to be released on bail pending the outcome of his appeal next year.

Jub Jub is currently serving 25 years in prison after being found guilty on four counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and driving under the influence of drugs.

This after he killed four school children and critically injured two others while drag-racing with his co-accused, Themba Tshabalala, in Soweto about two years ago.

Early this year, the South Gauteng High Court granted him leave to appeal his sentence in the Supreme Court of Appeal next year.

Handing down his judgment in the bail application today, Ranchod said though he was satisfied that Jub Jub may successfully appeal his conviction, the musician did not advance exceptional circumstances for him to be granted bail.

Ranchod also said he was satisfied that Jub Jub was a flight risk because instead of approaching the local court of law to release his passport when wanting to travel outside the country, he approached the investigating officer to do so.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) South Gauteng spokesperson Phindi Louw said they were pleased with the verdict.

“We will still go ahead with the murder and attempted murder charges when we go to the appeal court next year,” she said.

Jub Jub’s lawyer, Rudi Krause, said though he did not expect the judge to refuse bail for his client, he was not entirely disappointed with the verdict.

“I will await further instructions from my client. We will take everything step by step, day by day and are confident that the Supreme Court of Appeal will find otherwise,” he said.

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