Petition against Somalis’ ‘killer’

2015-10-27 06:00
Jasmine Harris of the Town Centre subforum handed a petition, signed by hundreds of people, to the Western Cape High Court to request that a man accused of killing three of his countrymen should not be released from custody.

Jasmine Harris of the Town Centre subforum handed a petition, signed by hundreds of people, to the Western Cape High Court to request that a man accused of killing three of his countrymen should not be released from custody.

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A petition has been handed to the Cape Town High Court in the case of a man accused of killing three men.

The murder accused appeared in court on Tuesday last week. The case was once again postponed, this time to give his legal representation an opportunity to study the case.

The man is accused of killing three Somali men in Town Centre on 12 February (“Family fears that they will be next”, People’s Post, 21 July).

Houwa Abdi, the widow of one of the victims, pleaded with the community to show their support in keeping the suspect behind bars in fear that their family was a target.

The 10-year-old son of one of the victims confirms the man was a friend of the family and well-known to the family.

He too expressed to People’s Post that he was afraid of getting killed at the hands of the accused.

The family then created the petition to ask the court to keep the accused in custody and started to gather signatures.

With the help of Jasmine Harris of the Town Centre subforum those signatures have grown.

“We managed to get 2000 signatures that I handed over to the court. I also handed in a letter to be read out on behalf of the community,” she says.

The case has been postponed to Friday 20 November.

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