Sathar trial: Judge allows state evidence

2009-06-10 00:00

A PAIR of bloodstained shoes allegedly worn by Estcourt murder accused Mohamed Shuaib Sathar on the day of the murder of his cousin, Safia Mohamed, on September 15, 2005, and his statements to police while pointing out the murder scene to them, have been admitted as evidence at his trial in the high court in Pietermaritzburg.

Judge Atkins Moleko said yesterday he will give reasons for his ruling later. He admitted all the evidence objected to by the defence, save for a dispute about “who actually picked up the knife” allegedly used to commit the murder.

Police recorded that Sathar, among other things, showed them the door he used to enter the victim’s flat, where they were sitting when an argument started, where the dumbell was that he used to hit her on the head, the direction in which the victim ran after he hit her, the position where she fell down, where he took a knife to “slit” her, the position he “slew the victim’s throat” and stabbed her a few times, a basin where he washed the dumbell, as well as the area where the knife used to commit the murder was thrown.

The shoes that were allegedly worn by Sathar, and which were found to have Safia Mohamed’s blood on them, were recovered by police from his parents’ home.

Before the trial could commence yesterday Sathar’s advocate, Gideon Scheltema SC, (who is instructed by Viren Naidoo) applied to the court for leave to withdraw from the case, on grounds that Sathar’s family can no longer fund his defence.

The court was told that Sathar will now apply for legal aid.

The judge granted a postponement until tomorrow.

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