Application to have charges dropped in Miguel Louw murder case denied

2020-01-27 11:59
Mohamed Ebrahim in the dock. (Screenshot/News24)

Mohamed Ebrahim in the dock. (Screenshot/News24)

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A High Court judge has refused an application to have murder and attempted murder charges against the Miguel Louw murder accused scrapped.

Without detailing reasons in court, Judge Jacqueline Hendriques said the Section 174 petition of the Criminal Procedure Act by defence attorney Jay Naidoo was refused.

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She instead outlined that closing arguments in the matter would be heard in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on February 20 and 21.

Naidoo previously said charges against Mohamed Ebrahim should be dropped on the basis that there was not, among other factors, enough material evidence presented at the trial.

He argued that there was "not an iota of direct evidence" linking Ebrahim to the death of Louw.

Circumstantial evidence

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Naidoo said there was no direct evidence to satisfy the basic elements of the crime of kidnapping.

He said, if the State failed to make a case for kidnapping: "There can be no case of the murder."

"This is because the victim had to be in the custody of the accused to be killed. Even though, my Lady will find at some point that the deceased was in custody of accused. The State still has to prove he killed the deceased. We do not have that evidence," News24 quoted Naidoo as saying.

Senior prosecutor Kelvin Singh had argued there was enough circumstantial evidence to find Ebrahim guilty.

He maintained that Louw was last seen with Ebrahim at a local KFC in Sydenham.

"And even after the boy went missing, Ebrahim did not inform anyone he had taken him to get something to eat. Why not?" he had said.

Singh added that the location of Louw's body, which was found near Ebrahim's home, showed he could have committed the crime.

Read more on:    miguel louw  |  durban  |  crime
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