Scott-Crossley pleads for bail to manage his farm

Mark Scott-Crossley. (Netwerk24 file)
Mark Scott-Crossley. (Netwerk24 file)

Tzaneen - The lawyer for ex-convict Mark Scott-Crossley told the Lenyenyenye Magistrate’s Court on Monday that his client needed to be released on bail to manage his farm affairs.

Scott-Crossley, who is facing an attempted murder charge, was appearing for a bail application.

He is accused of running over Silence Mabunda, an employee at the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in December after he allegedly grabbed and smashed Mabunda's phone at a shop in Hoedspruit.

READ: Mark Scott-Crossley to make first court appearance on attempted murder charge

A warrant of arrest was issued for Scott-Crossley on December 21 and he handed himself in to police after police launched a manhunt.

His lawyer, Johan Engelbrecht, told the court that Scott-Crossley's farm needed urgent attention.

Engelbrecht went on to say that his client did not flee from the charges. He said Scott-Crossley was on holiday during the time police were hunting for him.

Meanwhile, angry community members chanted and called for the court not to release Scott-Crossley on bail.

Scott-Crossley made international headlines in 2004 when he was tried and convicted for the murder of a worker who he threw into a lion enclosure.

He was released on parole in 2008.

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