Emotions run high as Baron murder accused appears

2015-07-23 18:02
(Tammy Petersen, News24)

(Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - “Why did you kill him?,” an emotional Marina Marco cried as three men accused of killing her nephew left the dock in the Mitchell's Plain Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

Clutching onto posters reading “I am a legend” and “Justice for Chad” and decorated with photos of a smiling Chad Baron, Marco along with loved ones of the murdered 26-year-old demanded that bail be denied to Baron's alleged killers.

Two of the accused will return to court for a bail application on August 13.

“They killed Chad!” his aunt screamed as the family of the accused filed out of the courtroom.

“Seeing them standing there and our Chad is gone... they don’t have any remorse. We want justice.”

Baron was hijacked on his way home from a party in Cape Town on June 8.

He was found by a boy who had been walking past an abandoned building in Camp Road, where his body had been dumped.

He had multiple stab wounds and had been beaten with a brick.

Baron remained in a coma in Groote Schuur Hospital until his death on July 11, two weeks after he was supposed to have left to teach English in Vietnam.

Ricardo Jackson, Romano Jenniker and Warren Challen are charged with murder, kidnapping and car theft and were remanded in custody.

'Now it’s like he never existed'

Jenniker and Challen on Thursday made a formal bail application, while Jackson confirmed to the court that he would not be applying for bail.

The family cannot come to terms with Baron’s death, Marco said.

“It feels like he is gone to Vietnam and he will be home soon. But he isn’t coming back. They took his life and now it’s like he never existed.”

Baron’s parents Judy and Arnie, as well as his sister Tania Baron-Baatjes, were too devastated to attend the proceedings, Marco said.

Baron was buried in Strandfontein on Saturday.

“They are still coming to terms with their loss and the reality that Chad is gone.”

Claims that Baron knew his attackers were strongly denied by his close friend Razaan Holland, who was also planning to go to Vietnam with him.

“If he knew them, I would know them and his parents would know them,” she said.

“I have never seen their faces before. They were not friends.”

Baron-Baatjes previously told News24 that she, too, believed her brother didn’t know his assailants because “to know Chad was to love Chad. Nobody who knew him would ever want to hurt him”.

Marco said she had spoken to the mother of one of the accused before Baron’s death.

“I told her we as parents are not responsible for our children’s actions. I hope she takes back [her response] that she would support her son no matter what anyone says or thinks about her.

“I hope she reflects on those words now that Chad is gone.”

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