Nathaniel Julies’ murder accused consider state admissions

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Nathaniel Julies’ murder accused consider state admissions

Cayleen Witbooi, Simons Scorpion Ndyalvane and Voster Netshiongolo are being tried for the 2020 murder of Julies who had Down’s Syndrome.

FILE: Bridget Harris, mother of murdered teen Nathaniel Julies, at the Proteas Magistrates court on 22 September 2020. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN
  • Nathaniel Julies murder case

JOHANNESBURG – Lawyers for the police officers accused of murdering 16-year-old Nathaniel Julies are considering admissions with the state as the trial is set to get underway.

Cayleen Witbooi, Simons Scorpion Ndyalvane and Voster Netshiongolo are being tried for the 2020 murder of Julies who had Down’s Syndrome.

The officers also face charges of defeating the ends of justice as well as being in possession of prohibited ammunition.

The trial had to re-start after the death of Judge Ramarumo Monama who was presiding over the matter.

The three police officers were meant to plead again – this time before Judge Cassim Moosa before the trial starts again. But on Wednesday the court heard how Judge Moosa is off sick and will not be able to attend to this matter and others on his court roll.

The lawyers have agreed to postpone this matter to the 8th of next month.

In the interim – they are meeting to discuss possible admissions.

The trial had already made significant progress with 23 witnesses already heard when judge Monama died.

Depending on the outcome of the talks between the state and the defence – all of those witnesses may have to return to the stand.

The trial is set to begin on the 3rd of October.

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