The 29 year old businessman accused of murdering Durban North 20 year old woman, Siam Lee, has had his bail application postponed to May 23 and 25.
The matter of a bail decision had been set down for three days this week. The alleged crime took place in January where Lee was allegedly abducted from her Durban North home. Her burnt body was discovered two days later in a town called New Hanover in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
Speaking to the Sunday Tribune outside the court on Friday, Lee’s mother Carmen Nan Lee wept as she spoke of her daughter. This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and it will be the first one without her daughter present. Carmen arrived at the court wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with Lee’s picture.
Speaking outside the court on Friday, Lee’s mother Carmen Nan Lee wept as she spoke to the Sunday Tribune about her daughter. Mother’s Day on Sunday will be her first without her daughter. She came to court wearing a T-shirt adorned with Lee’s picture.
“Everyday is very emotional without Siam,” she said. Watch her full reaction below.
Things in the court room were heating up when the murder accused came out with a lot of energy against the State.
Rajan Govender, the investigating officer, was cross-examined by defence Advocate Martin Krog with regards to Govender’s affidavit.
Private investigator, Brad Nathanson, allegedly published pictures of the accused before an ID parade took place. According to Krog, the state’s case was “severely compromised” and tainted.
“Nathanson is a civilian, what was he doing there before the police? It’s a police matter, why were civilians involved?” Krog asked Govender.
Govender said, because of evidence that would emerge during the trial, there were questions put to him that he could not answer.
The matter of whether the arresting team got into the accused’s property, legally or illegally, is of fundamental importance. Magistrate Mohamed Motala said, this has to be established as further evidence could be tainted.
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