Witness called a liar

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Pietermaritzburg - A man who witnessed the shooting of murder victim Tyron Terry in Imbali was accused in court on Tuesday of “making up a story” and falsely identifying his alleged killer.

Ian Williams (27) of Orient Heights, Pietermaritzburg, has denied he shot and killed Terry on the night of March 26, 2012.

The state alleges in its indictment that Terry and Williams were involved in a type of road rage incident on Sunday, March 25, 2012, while they drove along Mthombothi Road in Imbali.

According to the indictment, Williams allegedly “changed lanes and swerved” in front of Terry.

Both cars stopped and the men “had words”. Williams, however, was “unapologetic”.

The state alleges he thereafter decided to kill Terry, got hold of a gun and decided to execute his plan the following day.

On Monday, March 26, he allegedly set out to look for Terry and found his car parked in the yard of 208 Msinsi Road in Imbali. Williams went to the gate and called Terry, who was sitting in the vehicle. A confrontation ensued, during which Williams allegedly produced his firearm and pointed it at Terry.

Terry allegedly retreated and eventually turned around and fled from Williams. Williams allegedly fired a shot, hitting Terry in his head, then drove away.

Terry was admitted to Northdale Hospital, but died later that night.

One of Terry’s friends who had been seated in the car with him the night of the shooting, Vuyo Mdladla, testified that he recognised Williams as the shooter.

According to him he knew Williams “by sight” as he often drove around the area in a silver grey VW Golf 5 which he saw on the night of the shooting. He testified that he did not know Williams’ full names, however, and only came to know that he was “Ian” when Terry told him about the alleged altercation on the road between him and Williams the day before the shooting. He said Terry had been “upset” about what had happened.

Mdladla’s credibility and the reliability of his identification of Williams was challenged under cross examination by defence advocate Jimmy Howse.

Howse questioned Mdladla about numerous alleged contradictions between his evidence and the contents of two police statements he made, in one of which he referred to Williams by his full names, and said he had been pointed out to him by his friends before the murder.

While Mdladla also testified that he did not see a shot actually strike Terry on the night in question, one of his police statements indicated that he had seen the actual shot being fired said Howse.

Howse suggested to Mdladla at various times that he was dishonest, that he was “making up a story” and that he had falsely identified Williams based on what he had been told after the fact of the murder.

Mdladla told Judge Yvonne Mbatha and an assessor that he took down the registration number of the VW Golf driven by the shooter, which was NP39595. When Howse told him that Williams “doesn’t know” that registration number and that it would not match any car of his, Mdladla replied: “That’s because he steals cars and the cars he drives don’t come up under his name.”

Responding to further questions by Howse, Mdladla said “everyone” in the area and in prison knew that Williams was a car thief.

“At some point, it even made it into the newspaper. Onto the front page,” he added.

The case is proceeding.

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