Ezra ac­cused bail to be op­posed

Cape Times - - NEWS - Chevon Booy­sen chevon.booy­sen@inl.co.za

YES­TER­DAY the State pros­e­cu­tor in the case of mur­dered seven-year-old Ezra Daniels said the shoot­ing of the young boy was gan­gre­lated.

Hyde Park Pri­mary pupil Ezra was play­ing out­side when he was caught in cross­fire and shot in his neck. He died at the scene. Pros­e­cu­tor He­lene Booy­sen said dur­ing court pro­ceed­ings the Junky Funkys and a 27s gang mem­ber were in­volved in the shoot­ing which fa­tally wounded the Park­wood boy.

Tasliem Bianchi, Ik­er­aam Bianchi, Mar­lon Nee­huis, Kelly Daniels and Kim­ber­ley Solomons stand ac­cused of the mur­der and ap­peared in court for a bail ap­pli­ca­tion yes­ter­day.

Two ad­di­tional charges – pos­ses­sion of an un­li­censed firearm and pos­ses­sion of am­mu­ni­tion – were added to the charge sheet.

The bail hear­ing has been post­poned un­til Oc­to­ber 26 and all the ac­cused will re­main in cus­tody at Pollsmoor prison un­til then.

“We are still await­ing the crime scene pho­to­graphs, bal­lis­tic re­ports, foren­sic in­for­ma­tion, post­mortem re­sults. Gang pro­fil­ing will also be done,” Booy­sen said.

She added that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was not com­plete and the ac­cused were in the dock as they were the oc­cu­pants of a white ve­hi­cle from which one shot was fired which fa­tally wounded the boy.

Booy­sen said a pe­ti­tion with 210 sig­na­tures was handed in from com­mu­nity mem­bers call­ing for no bail.

She said the State would be op­pos­ing bail.

Out­side court a large group of sup­port­ers could be heard chant­ing “no bail” for the ac­cused.

Ezra’s par­ents were seen at­tend­ing court pro­ceed­ings and left the packed court­house speed­ily af­ter the ac­cused had ap­peared.

Ezra was buried from his par­ents’ home on Satur­day.

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