Beerhouse stabbing not meant to be fatal, police told

2015-08-19 15:20
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Cape Town - One of the men accused of fatally stabbing the doorman of a Cape Town pub told police the attack was intended to "draw blood", not to kill.

This emerged in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday as Warrant Officer Jeremy Steyn elaborated on his investigation into the stabbing that took place in Long Street on June 20.

Ubaid van der Bergh, 20, Toufieq Essa, 21, and Nasbie Edwards, 27, appeared for the murder of 33-year-old Beerhouse on Long doorman, Joe Louis Kazadi Kanyona.

Steyn said a witness heard Edwards tell his co-accused that an argument had taken place and a bouncer needed to be stabbed and sorted out.

Essa apparently told police officers he wanted to "come clean" after being arrested and made a statement, which Steyn read out.

Fatal wound

In the statement, Essa said he was told about a job that needed doing which was required to draw blood. A man named Ashley would stab a bouncer and he and Van der Bergh needed to form a "wall" around the bouncer.

He said he and Van der Bergh walked up to Beerhouse on Long that night and saw two black male bouncers at the door. They left to report what they had seen and came back a while later.

The doormen asked them for their ID books, they formed a wall around Kanyona and Ashley stabbed him "in a split second".

The men ran away towards Bo-Kaap and Ashley apparently phoned Edwards to pick them up. Edwards later handed over R1 000 to be split three ways, Essa said in the statement.

Defence lawyer Mahdney Arnold said it sounded as though it was maybe a conspiracy to injure or draw blood, not to kill.

Hearing this, prosecutor Andy Hess asked Steyn to describe the fatal injury.

The investigating officer replied: "He was stabbed in the neck with a downward movement and he was dead in a few seconds. It cut his main artery. It is a fatal wound."

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