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.
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.