Wounded duo in court

2016-05-20 12:20
Derrick Williams at the magistrate’s court.

Derrick Williams at the magistrate’s court.

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Pietermarizburg - The anticipated bail application of the two men allegedly wounded in a gun battle with police in Montrose on April 30 was again postponed following a day of drama in the magistrate’s court.

Derrick Williams — a brother of Ian Williams, who was shot dead by police during the same incident along with Zwazi Ngubo — and Sibongiseni Mariken both appeared in court before magistrate M. Boikhutso yesterday afternoon.

Mariken, who was only discharged from hospital yesterday afternoon, still has “bullets in his body and a bullet in his head”, according to his attorney, Bongani Cele.

He walked slightly unsteadily into the accused’s dock and appeared to have difficulty remaining standing or seated. He constantly lay down in the dock, prompting the magistrate at one stage to ask him to “show his face”.

However, Cele said he was able to talk to him and said Mariken wants him to proceed with a bail application on his behalf.

Mariken was eventually brought to court after investigating officer Robin Mays was asked to go and find out what had happened to him after Cele told the magistrate that his family alleged that morning that he was “missing” from Grey’s Hospital.

Prosecuter Patti David said later that Mays had found Mariken at Northdale Hospital, not Grey’s, in the process of being discharged, and said his mother was with him.

Mays had charged him and brought him to court.

The drama further delayed the start of Williams’s bail application, which had initially been scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

David said because Mariken was now in court, the state needed more time to prepare its opposition to bail in respect of both men.

“We did not expect his release today,” she said.

Boikhutso agreed to postpone the matter to next Tuesday (May 24).

The court was told the men now face two additional murder charges relating to the deaths of Ian Williams and Zazwi Ngubo, who were killed in the shootout with police.

In addition, they are charged with attempted theft of a motor car, five counts of attempted murder of police officers and three of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

Outside court, Williams’s supporters wore T-shirts bearing the slogan: “Ian Williams, The Legend”.

An aunt of Derrick Williams, who asked that her name not be published, told The Witness the family feels that they have been “victimised” by the media since the shooting incident.

“We have not been asked about our feelings. We are traumatised and we are still grieving,” several family members said.

They said they believe that incorrect “rumours” and information about Ian Williams have been published in the media, such as an allegation that he was linked to “80 to 100 cases” in KZN.

“If that was the case then why wasn’t he locked up?” the aunt said.

She said another “dirty lie” that was published was that funeral-goers had burnt cars after the funeral, including a Porsche.

She said the Williams family’s view is that Ian Williams was “brutally murdered”.

“Even if he was involved in a shootout, he was shot at close range in the head. How is that not murder?”

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