Farmer now wants a lawyer

2019-11-13 06:00

JUST as he was due to stand trial, a Cramond farmer now wants to be legally represented.

Edward Philip Walter Solomon (65) appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg high court on Monday, where his murder case was adjourned to next year.

Advocate Zina Anastasiou-Krause told the court that Solomon had applied for legal aid but was turned down because he did not pass the means test that would qualify him to get a legal aid appointed representative.

She said that he is appealing that decision and she will assist him with the necessary paperwork.

Solomon is alleged to have murdered Mothi Jeffrey Ngubane and attempted to murder Mondli Lembede on December 30, 2017. They were attending a funeral at Solomon’s farm, on which they lived, when the shootings took place.

At that stage Solomon hired a private attorney to represent him.

When the matter was transferred to the high court for trial, he fired his legal team.

In May, when he last appeared in court, he told the judge that he was representing himself because “advocates and lawyers want a lot of money”.

He also said he was told he could not get legal aid because he has “some” money so he would not qualify.

The case was adjourned to November to give him enough time to decide on his representation issues and be ready for trial.

The matter has now been adjourned provisionally to January 29.

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