‘Do they have a fixed address?’ Babita Deokaran murder suspects’ lawyer quizzed
On the day Babita Deokaran should have been celebrating her 53rd birthday, six men accused of killing her appeared in the Johannesburg magistrate’s court, where the state and defence were closing arguments for their bail application.
The state’s case is filled with circumstantial evidence that is insufficient, he argued.“The state can’t say who was driving the white vehicle and whether the distinctive white BMW was used in the shooting.”Earlier, Wilkins told the court the accused were able to demonstrate their emotional ties with their residential address in Rosettenville, where some were arrested.
This triggered magistrate Simon Sibanyoni to question Wilkins about what he meant.“Have they established ties with Rosettenville? As they had only being staying at this address for a month?” Sibanyoni asked.Wilkins said the fact that their landlord confirmed they have been staying there proves they have ties with the area.
This prompted Sibanyoni to question Wilkins about how he would describe the Rosettenville address.Wilkins said: “It is the residential address they use to be able to go to their different work addresses.”Sibanyoni seemed not entirely convinced by this response. He said if that was the case, there should have been supporting information regarding their places of employment. headtopics.com
Wilkins, however, maintained the employment of the accused was dealt with previously, when it was pointed out they work as taxi marshalls and patrollers in Soweto and Kempton Park.Read more: Sowetan LIVE »
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