Mohideen hitman accused abandons bail application

2016-04-05 12:15
Jibraeel Mohideen walks down to the cells at the high court.

Jibraeel Mohideen walks down to the cells at the high court. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - One of the men allegedly hired to murder Pietermaritzburg businessman Ashraf Mohideen (57) on Monday abandoned his application for bail in the magistrate’s court.

Mohideen died of multiple stab wounds in what was initially thought to be a robbery at his home in Scottsville. Later it emerged that his son had hired killers to murder him.

While one of the alleged killers, Joshua Nxumalo, elected to withraw his bail application, the Mohideen family’s domestic worker — allegedly Nxumalo’s girlfriend — also did not proceed with her anticipated bail application, but her lawyer said this was only temporary.

The attorney Sipho Ngubane said Emily Mchunu was suffering from severe arthritis and felt too unwell to proceed with her bail application yesterday. She is however still intending to request bail when she appears in court next, he said.

The trial of the two was postponed until April 19.

Mohideen’s son, Jibraeel (26) and self-confessed hired assassin, Zandisile Mtshali (31) are currently serving jail terms of 20 years and 25 years respectively after pleading guilty to murder in the high court a week ago.

In his plea before high court Judge Rishi Seegobin, Jibraeel Mohideen said he and his father had a troubled relationship involving frequent disagreements and arguments.

They included his disapproval of an extra-marital affair his father allegedly had whilst his mother was ill with cancer, disagreements over business matters relating to his father’s car dealership where he (Jibraeel) worked, and the fact that his father had rejected his (Jibraeel’s) marriage to a non-Muslim woman.

Jibraeel alleged in his statement to court that he had confided in Mchunu who was sympathetic to his plight and subsequently arranged for the killers to murder his father.

According to him he had agreed to pay Nxumalo and Mtshali R30 000 to murder his father, but after the killing he had only paid an initial sum of R10 000.

Mtshali admitted in his plea that he had hit Mohideen with a hammer which broke as a result of the blows, and alleged that Nxumalo had stabbed the businessman repeatedly during the incident.

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