UPDATE: No bail for N2 rock-throwers – Tongaat

The bridge over the N2 from which the rock was thrown.

The three accused in the rock-throwing deaths of two children last year have been denied bail.

Selvan Govender, 46, his son Nathan Govender, 27, and employee Qiniso Bhekithemba Gumbi, 20, were denied bail in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Thursday last week.

They stand accused of causing the deaths of 16-year-old Amina Haffajee and her seven-year-old brother, Abdur late last year when they allegedly threw a large rock from the bridge over the N2 highway near Crocodile Creek, striking the car.

The three accused each face two counts of murder and attempted murder.

In court, magistrate Vera Alamchand ruled that they were flight risks after the home all three men live in had been seriously vandalised after their arrests.

Also read: Three arrested for Tongaat rock throwing deaths

Alamchand also took into account the vulnerability of the witnesses, who are underage and had been fearful to share what they had seen

Detective Ivan Padayachee of the Organised Crimes Unit tracked down the three accused and testified in court that there were five witnesses who had identified the Govenders and Gumbi. He said the accused knew the witnesses.

Defense attorney Rajendra Nathalal had argued during the bail hearing that the men would plead not guilty and they had no knowledge of the State witnesses. The case was postponed to November 9.

The rock that killed Amina Haffajee and her little brother, Abdur.

Padayachee had previously recounted how Selvan Govender allegedly counted down as he watched the target vehicle approach the bridge before Gumbi dropped the rock onto the Vereeniging holidaymakers’ car.

In their last appearance in court, the detective argued that if granted bail the accused would interfere with State witnesses.

At the time it was revealed that the witnesses are minors between the ages of nine and 16.

He also told the court that the case against them was so overwhelming that they might choose to flee in an attempt to evade their trial.

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Allan Troskie
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