Nateniël Julies: Judge sees red as lawyer arrives late for court, while another failed to show

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Community members demonstrate during a sit down peaceful protest against the killing of 16 year old Nathaniel Julies at Eldorado Park.
Community members demonstrate during a sit down peaceful protest against the killing of 16 year old Nathaniel Julies at Eldorado Park.
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  • Judge Ramarumo Monama lashed out at the lawyer representing the policewoman accused of killing Nateniël Julies.
  • Advocate Solly Tshivhase was lambasted for arriving in court late.
  • Monama told Tshivhase he was exploiting his generosity after he allowed him to attend to another case in Johannesburg.

The judge in the trial of murdered Eldorado Park teenager Nateniël Julies, has lambasted the lawyer representing the policewoman accused of firing the fatal shot, for arriving in court late.

Judge Ramarumo Monama lashed out at advocate Solly Tshivhase.

Tshivhase was earlier allowed to attend to another matter in Johannesburg on Thursday, but Monama made it clear that the Julies murder trial should start at 11:00.

However, the matter only began at 11:50 after the court waited for Tshivhase to arrive.

Tshivhase apologised for being late and claimed that he was providing transport to his client Constable Caylene Whiteboy. 

That, however, irked Monama. 

READ | Nateniël Julies trial: Accused's tardiness irks judge, stern warning issued

"We had agreed to [start] at 11:00. The rule at the Bar, which you know, is that you can't be double-booked. I tried being as accommodative as I am, but the abuse is unacceptable.

"Why were you not here? You are giving a lift to an accused who relies on you to come to court. 

"Your client should not depend on you to provide transport. You have abused the generosity that I have extended. I have realised that (advocate Onke) Maseti is not here as well," said Monama.

Monama ordered Tshivhase to warn Whiteboy to stop relying on him for transport.

Action SA's John Moodey and Nathaniel Julies mothe
ActionSA's John Moodey and Nateniël Julies' mother, Bridget Harris, at the South Gauteng High Court during a previous appearance.

Maseti, who represents Sergeant Foster Netshiongolo, was absent from court, but no explanation was provided to the court.

Monama promised that he would meet with the defence lawyers and prosecutor Johan Badenhorst.

Julies was shot and killed outside his Eldorado Park home last August.

On Wednesday, the court heard that Julies was struck with 189 pellets fired from a shotgun booked from the police station by Ndyalvane.

The ammunition that ended his life was prohibited for police use.

Nathaniel Julies
Police officers Simon Scorpion Ndyalvana (left) and Caylene Whiteboy (right) appeared in the Protea Magistrate court in Soweto on Monday following the killing of Nathaniel Julies.

Ballistic expert, Lieutenant-Colonel Lucas Visser, testified that the shooter was standing between nine and 11 metres from Julies.

Netshiongolo, Whiteboy and Sergeant Simon Scorpion Ndyalvane were later arrested.

Ndyalvane and Whiteboy have pleaded not guilty to murder, illegal possession of ammunition, and defeating the ends of justice.

Ndyalvane also faces a charge of perjury.

Netshiongolo has pleaded not guilty to accessory after the fact to murder, defeating the ends of justice and illegal possession of ammunition.

The hearing continues on 25 October.

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