The Herald (South Africa)
Bullet fired in anger ended teen’s life
Man in court after schoolgirl dies in tavern shooting
ONE bullet fired in anger, at no one in particular, has left an innocent Cillie High schoolgirl dead and her family devastated. Seventeen-year-old Victoria le Roux’s dreams of pursuing a singing career overseas came to a devastating halt on September 21 when she was shot dead, allegedly by Carl Nasson, 22, at a tavern in Algoa Park.
Victoria, of Colchester, had been visiting friends in the area.
Her mom and stepdad fought back tears in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court yesterday as the man who allegedly shot her applied for bail.
It emerged that Nasson’s alleged reckless use of a firearm had landed him in court on two other occasions in the past.
He has a pending case of attempted murder after he allegedly shot at a high school friend out of his vehicle on August 22.
Meanwhile, a charge of murder relating to an incident in 2011 was withdrawn due to the unavailability of state witnesses.
In the current matter, it is alleged that Nasson was involved in an argument with one of Victoria’s male companions at Baps Tavern at about 6.45pm.
Investigating officer Warrant Officer Christian Rowan said video footage showed Nasson putting his arm around one of the girls in Victoria’s group.
The girl could be seen shrugging him off before their male friend followed Nasson outside.
“Words are exchanged and the friend slaps Nasson, causing him to fall to the ground. The friend then returns to [Victoria] and the others at their table,” Rowan said.
Moments later, Nasson, allegedly armed with a firearm, could be seen walking towards Victoria’s table. His friend pulled him back and reportedly warned him about the CCTV cameras. Nasson looked up at the camera and walked outside once more.
While walking away from the tavern, Nasson allegedly fired a shot at the closed garage door. The bullet hit Victoria in the head, causing her to die at the scene.
Nasson, a Clover employee and part-time engineering student, said he would plead not guilty to the charge. He is represented by lawyer Ryno Scholtz. Victoria’s mom, Michelle le Roux, 39, said the last time she saw her daughter she seemed eager to move to England because of the high crime rate in South Africa.
“She didn’t see age, colour, religion, she just loved everyone.
“Whoever she met she left an impact on their lives, that is why I don’t understand how this could happen to her.”
Le Roux said she attended court because she did not want her daughter’s death to be in vain.
“This needs to end. I won’t rest until he is permanently behind bars,” she said.
The matter was postponed to next Thursday for further argument.