Trial delays cost parents ‘millions’

2009-11-03 00:00

ESTCOURT couple Asgur and Sarah Sathar have spent “millions” on their son’s defence on a murder charge, and say endless delays have cost them dearly.

Their son, Mohamed Shuaib Sathar, is charged with the murder of his cousin, Safia Mahomed, on September 15, 2005.

Sathar has been in custody since the murder. The case was yesterday postponed until December 14, as Sathar’s parents have run out of funds to pay their legal team.

Sarah Sathar said they have been granted legal aid for the remainder of the trial. She and her husband feel bitter about the delays, which they say have brought them to the brink of financial ruin.

Earlier delays were blamed on, among other things, the fact that DNA results were not ready, a week-long strike by government employees, electricity and water problems at court, computer trouble, and failure to bring the accused to court for his bail hearing on three occasions.

Compounding their financial woes were expenses incurred after an attack on Sarah, who was shot multiple times on the N3 on May 17,2007, while en route to visit her son in prison. The driver of her car, Vinod Ramsarup, was killed.

On trial for that attack is Safia Mahomed’s brother, Mohamed Azeem Yunus (34). He too appeared in the high court yesterday. His trial was postponed to May 10.

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