Outrage as murder case is postponed

2019-03-06 06:03
Protestors stand outside the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate Court after court proceedings of murder accused, Kurt Henry.PHOTO: supplied

Protestors stand outside the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate Court after court proceedings of murder accused, Kurt Henry.PHOTO: supplied

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FRIENDS and family of the late Murdock­ Thomas expressed their anger at the outcome of murder accused Kurt Henry’s court appearance outside the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s court last Wednesday.

Unhappy that Henry was previously granted bail of R2 000, and displaying their fury at the adjournment last week, where a trial date was meant to set, protestors voiced their opinions while Henry watched from across the street outside of his attorney’s office.

The crowd continued to shout the word “murderer”, hurling insults at Henry, while they made clear their disagreement with the justice system.

The 25-year-old Thomas was shot three times, twice in the chest and once in the arm, on New Year’s Day and died at the scene in Eastwood.

Police had to be called to the scene and Henry put into a police van for his own safety from upset family and friends of the victim. State prosecutor Patty David, did not oppose bail, saying that Henry contacted the police immediately after the shooting, that he had a fixed address and a job and therefore was not a flight risk. Henry maintains that he acted in self defence during the shooting and has since been ordered by the court not to enter Eastwood, where he is from.

Thomas’s family has been vocal in their mourning and previously told the Maritzburg Fever that they have not been kept up to date with the case and feel as though they have been left without justice.

Derrick Thomas, Murdock’s brother, said that the protestors have been depicted in a bad light but that if anyone else was in their situation they would understand the frustration on their part.

The case resumes on April 3.

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