Will Jub Jub be home for Christmas?

2013-11-26 13:53

Convicted murderer Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye may celebrate Christmas with his family if his lawyers have their way.

The award-winning musician’s defence council asked the South Gauteng High Court today to release him on bail pending the outcome of his appeal next year.

Maarohanye’s legal representative, Willie Vermeulen SC, argued that the musician be released on bail because the Protea Magistrates’ Court’s decision to sentence him to 25 years in prison on four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder would be overturned on appeal.

This after he drove into a group of school children, killing four and injuring two when he was drag-racing with his co-accused Themba Tshabalala in Soweto in 2010.

Vermeulen said Magistrate Brian Soviti had misdirected himself by convicting the musician and that there was a likelihood that the appeal court would commute the four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder to culpable homicide, and give him a noncustodial sentence because he was a first-time offender.

He also argued that Jub Jub was not a flight risk and that the State had failed to advance material evidence to support its claim that if granted bail, the musician would skip the country.

Opposing bail, State Prosecutor Raymond Mathunjwa said that Jub Jub was a flight risk.

“The applicant has approached the investigating officer on several occasions before and after the conviction to release his passport so he could travel to Nigeria, Swaziland and Botswana. My Lord, it is very difficult to secure [those] who are in these countries to come to court,” he said.

Judge Natvarlal Ranchod reserved judgment in the bail application until Thursday.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.