Miguel: ac­cused de­nied bail

‘This is not jus­tice’, says de­fi­ant mur­der ac­cused

Weekend Witness - - News -

THERE was a brief out­burst in the Dur­ban Re­gional Court yes­ter­day from Mo­hammed Ebrahim, the man ac­cused of mur­der­ing nine-year-old Dur­ban boy Miguel Louw.

“This is not jus­tice. I want to see my fa­ther,” he yelled out as he was taken into po­lice cus­tody.

He will be spend­ing Christ­mas in prison af­ter Mag­is­trate Si­fiso Luthuli ruled the case would re­turn on Jan­uary 31, to al­low po­lice to wrap up their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ebrahim was in­censed when Luthuli handed down his de­ci­sion, stand­ing up in de­fi­ance and say­ing that po­lice should have com­pleted their in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The mag­is­trate, how­ever, quickly or­dered him to be quiet.

“This is a court. You can­not ex­press your­self in this way. If you have an is­sue, you must talk to your lawyer.”

De­liv­er­ing his de­ci­sion, Luthuli em­pha­sised that Ebrahim had been un­co­op­er­a­tive and com­bat­ive when he took the stand in his bail ap­pli­ca­tion. “Ebrahim was a poor wit­ness. He was ar­gu­men­ta­tive and eva­sive. He was eco­nom­i­cal with his de­tails of his ver­sion. His at­ti­tude was that he should only dis­close to the court on what he is asked about.”

Luthuli added that Ebrahim — who was the last per­son seen with Miguel at a KFC in Sy­den­ham on July 17 — had been eva­sive and less than truth­ful about the fact that he was with the boy on the day. “He did not tell [the] boy’s mother or po­lice that he had met the de­ceased af­ter school. That was disin­gen­u­ous. He only ad­mit­ted to it af­ter po­lice showed him footage.” Luthuli also said that Ebrahim was a flight risk.

“If re­leased on bail, he will at­tempt to evade his trial. I say so be­cause he lives at a Wendy house at his par­ents’. His as­sets are min­i­mal. He has not stayed there all the time ...”

He said that, even though Ebrahim had never pre­vi­ously missed a court date, he had now been charged with mur­der.

“That is all well and good, but the stakes are higher now. He has been charged with pre­med­i­tated mur­der, which comes with a life sen­tence.”

Luthuli said that Ebrahim had also at­tempted to meet with Miguel’s mother when he was pre­vi­ously out on bail.

“This means there is a like­li­hood that if re­leased on bail, the ac­cused will at­tempt to in­flu­ence or in­tim­i­date wit­nesses and con­ceal ev­i­dence.”

— News24.

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