Mom comes face-to-face with brother charged with murder of her 2-month-old son

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Shakeer Mansoor , 25, appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court where he has been charged with the murder of his two-month old nephew.
Shakeer Mansoor , 25, appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court where he has been charged with the murder of his two-month old nephew.
Chanté Schatz
  • Shakeer Mansoor appeared in court for the murder of his two-month-old nephew.
  • His sister, the child's mother, quietly wept in court.
  • The matter was postponed to 10 February 2022.

A woman in a black doek quietly wept in the gallery of the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Wednesday as her brother stood in the dock for the murder of her two-month-old son. 

Shakeer Mansoor made his second appearance in court on Wednesday, where his matter was postponed to February 2022. He has been charged with the murder of his two-month-old nephew, who he is alleged to have stabbed in their home, as well as attempted murder. Unverified claims are that he also stabbed the child's grandmother in the hand.

At the time of the incident, Mansoor was staying with his sister and her family, including the deceased child.

During a previous appearance, the matter was postponed for him to supply the court with an alternative address for his bail application.

However, it was revealed during the case on Wednesday that he did not have an alternative address. 

"Your worship, it is unfortunate that the accused does not have an alternative address. The person who he indicated that he wanted me to consult with regards to housing the accused indicated they could not," his lawyer, Mr Mohokare, told the court.

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After Mansoor's appearance, his family - including the mother of the child he is accused of killing - tried to get his attention in order to hand him clothes. 

This was because it was the second time he had appeared without any shoes on; however, they were sent back with the bag of clothes as prisoners are not allowed to take items from the public down to the holding cells. 

Afterwards, the child's mother - who was visibility distraught and did not want to identify herself - told News24 that she was not ready to speak to the media.

The matter was postponed to 10 February for further investigations and for the post-mortem report.

News24 previously reported that although details about what led to the infant's murder, and the attempted murder of two other family members are still unclear, the community is convinced that the crimes were a result of drug abuse.

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