Trio guilty of killing girl, 12, in shootout

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - BOTHO MOLOSANKWE

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.

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