-Carmen Lee has said everyday since her daughter was taken has been emotionally charged
- Speaking outside the Durban court this week, Carman Nan Lee spoke of the timeline since the disappearance of her daughter who was later found to have been murdered
- Lee also said despite the death of Siam, her daughter "hadn't left her" and she still feels her nearby every day
Sunday will be the first mother’s day Carman Nan Lee will spend without her daughter, Siam whose charred body was found early this year after she went missing in the first week of January.
Briefly.co.za learned from reports by iol.co.za that Lee, who attended court this week wearing a t-shirt printed with an image of her daughter spoke about how emotionally fraught her journey has been since she last saw 20-year-old Siam.
"On the 6th, I knew my daughter was dead, I can tell, like a personal mother's inside. I could tell," explained the visibly distraught mother outside court this week.
Listing the litany of events surrounding the investigation, Lee mentions the anger she felt at the directions the investigations was taking. "I knew what had happened, I was relieved when the province took over.
Lee said the process which, although it took many weeks, seemed to go past quickly for her. "It didn't feel like a long time because I was putting out so many bushfires, you know what I mean?" she explained.
Lee has also expressed dismay that the court was determined to keep the identity of the accused a secret.
Lee said even the delays in the release of her daughter's body didn't upset her as much as expected. "Even when the body was held over at the New Hannover mortuary for so long, it was ok, because I wasn't ready to bury her," said the mother seemingly putting on a brave face.
When asked about mothers' day, however, Lee wept as she described how hard it was for her to deal with not having her daughter with her anymore. "I don't even know what day it is half the time, everyday is very emotional without Siam."
Lee said she still feels her daughter's presence even today. "She's still with me though, if you love somebody or something so much they never leave you," said the weeping mother.
Siam was allegedly abducted from a Durban North residential premises which doubled as a business, in January. Her charred body was found two days later in a Sugar Cane field in New Hannover in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
After frantic searches and investigations a suspect was identified and arrest. The man, who is now facing multiple charges after other women added their voices to the accusations against him after his arrest, was arrested at his Assegay home.
This week defence Advocate Martin Krog, representing for the 29-year-old businessman accused of murdering the 20-year-old Durban North woman tried to poke holes in the state’s case.
Krog said the state’s case was “severely compromised” due to the actions of private investigator Brad Nathanson.
Nathanson, who has been barred from attending proceedings, allegedly published pictures of the accused on social media before an ID parade took place.
There have also been questions raised about the legality of the search of the premises of the accused with Krog said the State’s case had been tainted
The bail hearing for the accused has been postponed to May 23 and 25 despite having been set down for three days this week for a bail decision.
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