Trio guilty of killing girl, 12, in shootout
THE THREE men charged with the murder of 12-year-old Emily Williams – a crime that shocked the country – have been found guilty.
David Busakwe, 30, Innocent Skotseni, 30, and Shadrack Showe, 36, were also convicted on three counts of attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
Emily was shot while sitting in the back seat of her mother’s car with her younger sister and her school mate when her mother, Toni, stopped to pick up another child.
In judgment at the Johannesburg High Court yesterday, Judge Majake Mabesele said he accepted the evidence of all 10 State witnesses.
He rejected the accused’s denial that they were at the scene on February 12 last year during the robbery at Mark Saunders’s house in Kessel Street in Fairlands, Johannesburg, when Emily was killed.
According to the evidence, Emily’s mother called Chubb Security when there was no response on the intercom at Saunders’s house and she saw strangers in the yard.
Unbeknown to her, Saunders was lying face down in his bedroom. He and his 12-yearold daughter had been tied up by the robbers who also stole their possessions.
When two security guards arrived, there was a shootout with the robbers.
Emily was shot in the head and Toni quickly drove to the nearest filling station to seek help. But paramedics declared her dead.
During the trial, one of the security guards, Morgan Khoza, identified Busakwe and Showe as the two men who shot at them when they went to the Saunders’ house.
Inspector Christiaan Pretorius and Constable Jacobus Bornman said all three accused were the men they had arrested hiding behind the shrubs at a neighbour’s house that day.
Pretorius said he later found two guns where they had been hiding. According to a ballistic expert, one of those guns fired the bullet that killed Emily.
Sentencing is expected to be handed down on Monday.