Bail hearing in Bronx murder case

2012-03-27 10:06

Johannesburg - One of the four men accused of killing a Cape Town nightclub owner will hear on Tuesday whether he will be allowed out on bail.

Fareez Allie appeared in the city's magistrate's court on Friday.

He is charged with the murder of Bruno Bronn, owner of the gay club Bronx, who was found strangled in his Green Point home last month.

Marcello Steyn, for Allie, argued that the State's case against his client was weak and based on circumstantial evidence.

He conceded, however, that the onus was on his client to persuade the court that there were substantial and compelling circumstances justifying bail. This was because he had been charged with premeditated murder.

Steyn urged the court not to place the burden too high, and reminded the court that the State had not opposed the release of one of Allie's co-accused, Kurt Erispe.

Prosecutor Quintin Appels countered that the State had, in fact, a strong case. The fact that it was based on circumstantial evidence did not weaken the case.

He said Allie's claims that he had been assaulted by the police and not allowed food had been denied.

The other co-accused are John Frederick Coetzee, 36 and Achmat Toffa, 35.

Erispe, at a previous hearing, was released on R10 000 bail, while Coetzee, who was to have launched a bail application as well, abandoned it instead.