Griekwastad: NPA can appeal bail ruling

2012-10-04 15:54

Bloemfontein - The NPA was on Thursday granted leave to appeal the decision to grant bail to the 16-year-old Griekwastad family farm murder accused.

Northern Cape National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said this was done in the judge’s chambers.

No date had yet been set for the appeal hearing. The boy was out on R5 000 bail and in the care of a guardian, and receiving home schooling.

Prosecutor JJ Cloete contended in his motion of notice that the magistrate erred in finding that the boy was not a danger to those around him.

In the initial bail application, Cloete said the boy had given no indication whether he was innocent or not, and had lied to the police. The State contends it has a strong case against him.

Cloete submitted that the magistrate had under-emphasised the violence detailed in the charges and had over-emphasised the boy's interests.

Earlier, the Griekwastad Magistrate’s Court postponed the boy's murder trial to start in the Northern Cape High Court in Kimberley on 11 March 2013.

  • bob.slap.5 - 2012-10-04 16:05

    bring back the death penalty and hang the mother F*&^*R

      penny.stone.589 - 2012-10-04 16:47

      Time to re-introduce chain gangs. Make these mofos work for the good of the country building roads, houses, anything that requires hard labour. Dress them in cerise pink with yellow dots so that they stand out and can be pointed out to children so that SA's children will grow up knowing that if you do the crime you can be seen doing the time.

      john.smit.121772 - 2012-10-04 21:57

      Only in Africa do you murder people, and you are considered to, not be a danger to society. After all, there are 41 murders a day in SA, so it is an affirmative action pastime.

  • George - 2012-10-04 16:15

    Perhaps the magistrate and his family will soon experience a similar event at the hands of cold blooded savage killers such as this "child" of 16. The community should apply natural justice as speedily as he executed the unfortunate family. Did the President express his condolences or attend the funeral? His main job is to protect the lives of South African residents and in this he stands condemned in the eyes of his ancestors. He is an embarrassment and should resign in shame.

  • anthonette.visagie - 2012-10-04 16:16

    May I never be in a situation were I have to be a guardian for a murderer...

      erica.wessels.7 - 2012-10-05 01:12

      Nobody HAD to be this murderer's guardian...nobody was forced! The "guardian" must be anticipating something (money) in return for his "unconditional support" of this freak - something must be making it worth his while to have to sleep with one eye open since taking this murderer into his home! No wonder he is trying so desperately to get the kid back into the school hostel and out of his house!

  • dan.ledwaba.5 - 2012-10-05 01:50

    Where did we go wrong...where did it start....what is wrong with the ppl who live in South Africa? I believe it has to do with upbringing. Do we teach our children: -how to be human, -how to be polite, -how to speak with respect, -how to greet others, -how to treat our elders -how to treat our peers -how to behave in public -how to be patient -how to be sympathetic -how to treat our enviroment -how to treat other creatures on earth -how to look after each other -how to deal with conflict -how to be a patriot -how to be constructive -how to be productive -how to be honest and trustworthy -how to listen to your inner conscience -how to say please and thank you -how to be grateful -how to share If a 16 year old can kill, then we are not bringing our children up correctly. If we teach our children and keep them close, watch over them, know what they are doing, know where they are, these things will not happen.

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