Three men accused of a drive-by shooting made intimidating phone calls to a state witness from prison, the Durban regional court heard yesterday during their bail application.
Taxi boss Duncan Arumugam, 33, Pravendran Perumal, 26, and Brandon Govender, 27, are accused of murdering 33-year-old Calvin Naidoo on April 10 in the Crossmoor suburb of Chatsworth.
Naidoo was travelling along Crossmoor Drive when unidentified gunmen fired six shots at his black Chrysler.
Police said Naidoo died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Arumugam has allegedly been at the centre of 15 drive-by shootings, which has left 17 people dead and 14 injured over about three years.
The state applied for an adjournment after police had informed them that firearms believed to be linked to the case had been recovered.
State prosecutor Elaine Khuzwayo said police allegations must be investigated before a decision on bail was made.
Representing Perumal and Govender, Ashwin Baijnath opposed the adjournment, saying the matter had been on the roll for far too long.
Magistrate Anand Maharaj dismissed the application because, he said, there was enough information to make a bail ruling.
The court heard that the accused allegedly intimidated a state witness.
Baijnath argued that his clients would not flee because of "where they come from".
"They are from Chatsworth and they don't have the financial means to leave the country," he said.
Khuzwayo argued that there were concerns about the safety of witnesses.
"There was actual interference with a witness and one cannot guarantee the safety of the witness," Khuzwayo said.
He said there was a strong case against them and they might flee. The court has yet to make a ruling. - Sapa