Paul Moses’ family dismayed as accused get bail

2015-01-19 00:00

TWO men accused of the murder of Durban man Paul Moses were granted bail in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Moses’ body was found in a shallow grave after a five-day search in December last year. His killers — who the state says are Ashwin Chetty and Emanuel Manikum — allegedly shot him in the head on the way to Mooi River, before dumping his body in a shallow grave along Greytown Road in Pietermaritzburg and speeding off with his car.

Moses, who had arranged to buy a car from the men, apparently also had a large sum of cash on him. The state had opposed the bail applications launched by Chetty and Manikum.

The investigating officer, Warrant Officer Mbongeni Dladla, said had claimed that the men wouldnot stand trail trial and would interfere with ­witnesses during the on-going investigation. The defence countered attorneys of the accused undermined that Dladla’s statement aswas an assumption, saying there was no proof to support his argument.

Magistrate Ntsoaki Ndawonde granted the men bail of R2 000 each.

According to National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha ­Ramkisson, the men have to report twice a week to the Mountain Rise ­police station and may not interfere with witnesses.

Moses’s family said they were shocked was left in shocked on hearing that the men had been released and that they hadhave now lost faith in the justice system.

“For the suspects and their families to walk out of that court with smiles on their faces was mortifying. We sat in that court room for days … We will continue fighting for justice,” a relative said.

The matter was adjourned to March 3.

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