THE man accused of stabbing his wife to death was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Sheik appeared in Verulam Magistrate’s Court for bail hearing on Monday, August 14. In a bid to convince the court to grant the accused bail, Sheik’s lawyer, who didn’t want to be named, said Sheik will not interfere with state witnesses as he will be living with his brother in Bonella, Mayville. The investigating officer, Warrant Officer Sukdeo Praveen, told the court that Sheik should not be released on bail.Praveen said the neighbours of Sheik’s brother in Bonella claim that Sheik is a violent person.“Neighbours said they know the accused and claim he used to come to his brother’s house with his wife and assault her.”Praveen said the neighbours also claim that Sheik became violent when under the influence of alcohol and drugs. However, the defence argued that the points raised by the investigating officer were invalid.Outside court, the public and supporters of the Democratic Alliance (DA) protested opposing bail and carrying placards. Mia died due to severe multiple stab wounds she sustained. According to the Phoenix SAPS, the accused had an argument with his wife at their home in Phoenix. Phoenix SAPS spokesperson Captain Louise Naidoo said the accused left Phoenix after the incident, taking his brother’s car which was later recovered by police in Wentworth. Later the police received information that Sheik was at his mother’s house in Lantana Place, Asherville. “It’s alleged that he was still under the influence of alcohol [on the day of the arrest]. Captain Pakkiri then arranged a task team from Sydenham and Mayville SAPS. The officers went to the said residence where the suspect was placed under arrest.” He remains in custody - the matter was adjourned for tomorrow, August 18.