Emaan Solomons case: Two accused of 7-year-old girl's murder abandon bail bid

Seven-year-old Emaan Solomons was fatally shot while playing outside her home in Ocean View, Cape Town.
Seven-year-old Emaan Solomons was fatally shot while playing outside her home in Ocean View, Cape Town.
File, Son

The two men arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Emaan Solomons while she was playing outside her home in Ocean View, and the attempted murder of another man in a suspected gang shooting, have abandoned their application for bail, the Simon's Town Magistrate's Court heard on Friday.

The appearance of Eben Basson and Chivargo Fredericks was low-key and quick, in contrast with the outpouring of rage in Ocean View, where several properties that some residents linked to the two men were torched after the shooting.

READ | Two in court for murder of girl, 7, in week of gang violence in Cape Town

There was some debate in court over whether the crime falls under Schedule 5 or 6 of the Criminal Procedure Act, and Schedule 5 was settled on.

This means they will have to show exceptional circumstances why they should be released on bail.

Previous convictions

The court heard that both have previous convictions, and one has a matter still pending and is on bail for that, but further details were not given during Friday's appearance.

When they went back down the steps to the holding cells, a small group of men and women tried to have hurried conversations with them, but were stopped by police officials.

Emaan, and a man whose name the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has asked not be released for his own safety, were caught up in a shooting in the suburb near Simon's Town on 25 February.

READ | 2 suspects arrested for the murder of girl, man in Cape Town

Emaan died after being shot in the hand and chest. The man survived.

The shooting triggered already heightened fears over the safety of children, and the fatal consequences of gang rivalries.

The two will return to court on 16 April as preparation for trial continues.


We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Will you continue to use WhatsApp following the company announcing a change terms of service which would force users to share personal data?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, the terms of service do not bother me enough to switch
52% - 7602 votes
No, I will be switching over to a new service
44% - 6350 votes
I've never used WhatsApp
4% - 584 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.17
(+0.32)
ZAR/GBP
20.60
(+0.30)
ZAR/EUR
18.32
(+0.29)
ZAR/AUD
11.65
(+0.43)
ZAR/JPY
0.15
(+0.13)
Gold
1837.92
(+1.37)
Silver
24.98
(+2.41)
Platinum
1081.84
(+1.82)
Brent Crude
54.79
(0.00)
Palladium
2366.00
(+0.06)
All Share
63713.87
(+0.26)
Top 40
58548.17
(+0.17)
Financial 15
11904.46
(-0.10)
Industrial 25
84813.75
(+1.20)
Resource 10
63219.33
(-1.00)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo