Mother to honour her murdered son

2018-04-20 06:00
Keenan Simons mother, Patricia at her home in Kokstad.PHOTO: siphelele nketo

Keenan Simons mother, Patricia at her home in Kokstad.PHOTO: siphelele nketo

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THE mother of murdered Keenan Simons (25) from Kokstad was left devastated following the release of the men that allegedly killed her son on March 21.

The two men, aged 20 and 24, were granted bail of R1 000 each by the Kokstad Magistrate’s Court last Friday.

Speaking to Fever, Simons mother, Patricia said that she is not happy about the court’s decision.

Patricia said on the day of the court appearance, her sister and friends were in the gallery while she was outside waiting for the outcome. “After the court appearance was concluded, I was very shocked to hear that the men were granted bail of R1 000 each. My wish was for them to be denied bail.

“Now that they are out, I want the court to show justice by giving them a harsh sentence,” said Patricia.

Simons was buried in Kokstad on March 31, and his sisters said they still miss him.

On March 30, the Fever reported that Simmons was allegedly attacked with knives by four men at the corner of Wylde Road and Paulsen Circle in Twistville on March 21.

According to eye-witnesses at the scene, attackers also tried to drive their vehicle over his body, however, were blocked by community member Morgan Pienaar who stood next to him during the ordeal.

Pienaar also tried to pull Simmons from the hands of the attackers.

When Simons was rushed to the East Griqualand and Usher Memorial Hospital, it is alleged that attackers followed the car that was transporting him with the aim of finishing him, but security guards from the hospital blocked them.

He died the day after the attack.

Simons would have been turning 26 today, his family said while they had planned a birthday bash as in other years, plans had to be cancelled this year due to his sudden death.

“We will lay wreaths by his grave and share some birthday messages to honour him”, said Patricia.

SAPS spokesperson Captain Dumisani Ncongo confirmed that the men were granted bail of R1 000 each and were told to adhere to bail conditions. Their next court appearance will be on April 30.

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