- The man accused of murdering 20-year-old Siam Lee has been granted R40 000 bail
- The 29-year-old Durban man cannot be identified because of other charges and is known as Mr P
- Mr P’s bail application has taken 13 court appearances, he faces 16 charges which include kidnapping, fraud, sexual assault and murder
The man accused of murdering 20-year old Durban-North resident Siam Lee was granted R40 000 bail in the Durban Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon. The man cannot be identified because of sexual assault charges pending against him is known as Mr P.
The 29-year old businessman hails from Assagay to the west of Durban and faces 16 charges which include kidnapping and murdering Lee as well as fraud, crimen injuria and sexual assault charges not related to Lee.
Lee’s body was found burned beyond recognition in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands in January. Authorities had to wait for months for DNA evidence to confirm the burned body was in-fact Lee.
Briefly.co.za gathered that private investigators arrested Mr P a short while after the remains were discovered in January.
Mr P’s bail application has been time-consuming and incredibly complicated. IOL.co.za reported that Mr P has been in police custody for over five months.
He has appeared in court on 13 separate occasions.
Mr P told the court that he was responsible for the well-being of his mother brother and employed 17 people, the court also heard that Mr P has no prior criminal record of any kind.
Magistrate Mohamed Motala said he had considered Mr P’s personal situation in granting his application.
Lee’s family and friends were present in court and her mother, Nan Lee, was seen crying when the judge granted Mr P’s bail.
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