Pensioner set free

2019-03-26 06:00

Pensioner Sedick Abrahams (62) has been acquitted of all charges following months of postponements of his case.

Abrahams was acquitted in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday last week, much to the relief of several organisations and community workers who had rallied behind him, calling for his release.

The father faced murder charges after killing his son last year, with the trial having begun in April (“Father in dock for drug-addict son’s murder”, People’s Post, 17 April 2018). He stabbed his son to death after a fight over a plate of food.

Mitchell’s Plain police spokesperson, Captain Ian Williams, confirmed to People’s Post at the time: “On Wednesday 31 January at about 15:10, Mitchell’s Plain police received a report of a man who had been admitted to Mitchell’s Plain Day Hospital with a stab wound. On arrival police found a deceased man with a stab wound to his chest. It was reported that the deceased, a 28-year-old, had been declared dead on arrival.”

Police confirm that the man’s father was arrested in connection with the ­incident.

Abrahams had never denied killing his son and had his community rallying behind him ahead of the court appearance (“Residents petition for man’s release”, People’s Post, 6 February).

It is believed the man was abused by his drug-addicted son, who stole from them and was aggressive toward Abrahams.

Joanie Fredericks, founder of the Mitchell’s Plain Impact Association has been enlisting the help of residents to assist and support the family and exclaimed her relief and joy at his release on Facebook and other platforms. She was also instrumental in getting together the petition for his release after his arrest in January. Abrahams was also supported by Ellen Pakkies, who too was arrested for the murder of her tik-addicted son several years ago.

Following the start of the trial, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) called on parents dealing with substance abuse within their homes to seek assistance from social workers.

“The department spends R104m, to fund over 36 NGOs working at 51 drug and alcohol treatment sites across the province. Most of these services are outpatient based, and are located in the communities hardest hit by substance abuse,” said Social Development MEC Albert Fritz in a statement at the time..

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