The Herald (South Africa)

Bul­let fired in anger ended teen’s life

Man in court after school­girl dies in tav­ern shoot­ing

- Kathryn Kim­ber­ley kimberleyk@times­me­dia.co.za Crime · Incidents · Austria · Victoria Beckham · Belarus · Port Elizabeth · Iceland · Belgium · Zhongguo Zhongyang Dianshitai · England · South Africa · Africa · Le Roux Smith Le Roux

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.

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 ?? Pic­ture: EU­GENE COET­ZEE ?? BE­REAVED MOTHER: Michelle le Roux and Ri­aan de Beer out­side the Port El­iz­a­beth Re­gional Court where they are at­tend­ing the trial of Carl Nas­son who al­legedly shot dead Le Roux’s daugh­ter, Vic­to­ria
Pic­ture: EU­GENE COET­ZEE BE­REAVED MOTHER: Michelle le Roux and Ri­aan de Beer out­side the Port El­iz­a­beth Re­gional Court where they are at­tend­ing the trial of Carl Nas­son who al­legedly shot dead Le Roux’s daugh­ter, Vic­to­ria
 ??  ?? FULL OF PROM­ISE: Vic­to­ria le Roux, 17, planned to go abroad for a singing ca­reer
FULL OF PROM­ISE: Vic­to­ria le Roux, 17, planned to go abroad for a singing ca­reer

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