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DUR­BAN — The man ac­cused of killing 20­year­old Siam Lee has been granted his wish to be trans­ferred to the Westville prison’s hold­ing cells, about 20 km out­side of Dur­ban.

Dur­ing his last ap­pear­ance, Ce­bolenkosi Phi­lani Gift Ntuli (29) pre­vi­ously told the court that he was be­ing tor­tured by po­lice at the Dur­ban North po­lice sta­tion’s hold­ing cells where he was kept shortly af­ter his ar­rest on Jan­uary 17.

Ntuli, who is fac­ing 16 charges in­clud­ing mur­der, rape, kid­nap­ping and rob­bery with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances, made a brief ap­pear­ance at the Dur­ban Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.

He al­legedly kid­napped Lee on Jan­uary 4 out­side a house on Mar­garet May­ton Av­enue, Dur­ban North, and threat­ened to shoot her, ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet.

Lee’s burnt body was dis­cov­ered by a farmer in New Hanover two days later.

Dur­ing his brief ap­pear­ance yes­ter­day, Ntuli was rep­ri­manded by mag­is­trate Mo­hammed Mo­tala for be­ing in con­tempt of court dur­ing his last ap­pear­ance.

Ntuli ap­par­ently walked out of the dock on Fe­bru­ary 9 be­fore Mo­tala had ex­ited the room first, which is stan­dard court pro­to­col.

“That was con­tempt of court,” he told Ntuli.

He then ad­journed Ntuli’s case un­til March 7 to 8 for a for­mal bail hear­ing. Lee’s fam­ily and the DA Women’s Net­work (DAWN) were not present in court yes­ter­day. His le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Brad Os­borne, was also not present in court.

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