Convicted murderer missing

AN ESTCOURT businessman convicted of murder and two attempted murders failed to report to the Pietermaritzburg high court for sentencing yesterday.

AN ESTCOURT businessman convicted of murder and two attempted murders failed to report to the Pietermaritzburg high court for sentencing yesterday.

The attorney of Mohamed Azeem Yunus, 35, said he had tried unsuccessfully to contact him for two days to sign documents for lodging an application for appeal against his conviction and possibly his sentence.

On May 14 Judge Achmat Jappie convicted Yunus of the murder of Vinol Ramsarap and attempted murders of Sarah Sathar and her small daughter Abhida.

The judge found that Yunus had shot at the bakkie in which they were travelling on the Estcourt-Mooi River stretch of the N3 highway in May last year. All were from Estcourt.

Yunus had claimed that he was on his way to Pietermaritzburg for a medical consultation when he saw Sathar's bakkie going in the same direction.

Sathar was travelling to the Pietermaritzburg New Prison to visit her son, who was on trial for allegedly murdering Yunus' sister Safia.

Judge Jappie rejected Yunus' defence that he fired in self- defence. Yesterday Judge Jappie ordered that Yunus be given two weeks to report to court or have his R10000 bail forfeited. - Sapa

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