Visibly shaken Nqakula murder suspect to apply for bail

2015-11-02 16:40
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Johannesburg - The man suspected of killing Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula's son Chumani, shook uncontrollably when he appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday afternoon.

Carlos Higuera, 24, faced a murder charge after he was arrested on Saturday for allegedly stabbing to death 23-year-old Chumani Nqakula.

Higuera, a first time offender, told the court he was an acquaintance of Nqakula. The slightly-built Higuera, who had clear bruise marks on his head, was wearing an ill-fitting green striped jersey and blue jeans.

Magistrate Albertus Roux questioned Higuera about the bruising, to which he replied repeatedly "they had injured me".

Higuera later explained he had sustained an injury to his head and body when he was attacked on the night of the stabbing by two men - one of them being Nqakula.

Roux asked Higuera if he needed to be sent to a hospital for medical assessment and his lawyer, Bornwise Tshabalala, explained that he had received adequate medical assistance in the prison where he was detained.

In a press conference outside of the court, Tshabalala explained that Higuera was shaking because of the trauma he had suffered.

The State opposed bail, saying that Higuera knew the witnesses and he feared that he would intimidate them.

Roux however said he found no reason for the State to cite intimidation of State witnesses as their reasons to oppose bail, and set down the bail hearing for Wednesday.

Some of Higuera's family members who were present in court were emotional when he was led into court, with some of the women seen leaving the court room crying. None of the Nqakula family was present during the court appearance.

Read more on:    nosiviwe mapisa-nqakula  |  johannesburg  |  crime

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