Murder: Sathar case resumes

2010-05-25 00:00

ESTCOURT accused Shuaib Sathar (23) and his parents are still anxiously awaiting the outcome of judgment in his murder trial, which got under way yesterday.

Judge Atkins Moleko, sitting with two assessors, began summarising the massive volume of evidence led in the case since it began in the high court in May 2007. The court adjourned early yesterday afternoon as the judge said he was losing his voice.

Sathar has been in custody since 2005 following his arrest in connection with the murder of his second cousin, Safia Asmal (19).

According to medical evidence, Asmal was struck with a heavy object, alleged to be a dumbbell, was stabbed multiple times and her throat was cut.

The prosecution submitted earlier this year that the evidence implicating Sathar in the murder is overwhelming.

This included statements and a pointing out made by Sathar to the police that led to the recovery of the alleged murder weapon, traces of the victim’s blood on the knife and the fact that Sathar’s shoes, which had a distinctive sole pattern, matched a shoe print in blood in the passage of the victim’s home.

During argument, the defence suggested that the evidence is purely circumstantial and raised the possibility that someone else — such as Asmal’s husband — may have killed her during an argument caused by jealousy.

According to evidence led by Sathar’s parents, they visited the murder scene after the incident and their son entered the passage where the victim lay.

This, they said, would explain the blood on his shoe.

The court also saw video footage to support Sathar’s alibi that he was at his father’s shop on the morning of the murder, athough the state argued that it was not dated and did not indicate a time.


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