The court has denied Sithobele Qebe's bail application. Qebe is accused of killing his girlfriend Siphokazi and burning her body. Qebe could not convince the court that there were exceptional circumstances which justified bail.
No bail for the 30-year-old Sithobele Qebe, who is accused of killing his girlfriend Siphokazi Booi and burning her body. This is absolutely the worst for any human to suffer, Siphohazi was a wonderful young girl and deserved so much more in life and her life was now cut short.
Qebe appeared in the Paarl Magistrate's Court on Thursday on charges of murder and a count of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Western Cape National Prosecuting Authority said Qebe had not convinced the court that there were exceptional circumstances justifying his release, and that it was in the interest of justice for him to be granted bail.
Siphokazi Booi, whose body was burnt beyond recognition and found on a dumpsite a few meters from his shack in White City, Mbekweni, in Paarl. This has left the family shattered with grieve.
Qebe was arrested on 10 August 2021 for the latter charge and released on bail with conditions which included that he must not contact the complainant directly or indirectly.
His assault case was postponed to 4 October for further investigation.
According to the State, Qebe told the court during his bail application that he was a father of two children.
Qebe further added that he had family ties in Paarl and that he had an alternative address in Strand where he can stay if released on bail. he mentioned that he had no previous convictions and no pending cases. He assured the court that he will not interfere with witnesses. He apparently had a fruit and vegetable stall and ran a spaza shop.
he accused is also linked to the murder by a witness who found himself hiding behind vibracrete slabs as he was hiding from army members who were patrolling the areas as part of enforcing Covid-19 regulations.
"The witness knows Qebe very well as he usually buys fruit from his stall," said Ntabazalila.
The court also heard that after was he released on bail, Qebe contacted Booi and asked her to come stay with him despite his bail conditions barring him from contacting her. Qebe also apparently threatened to flee to the rural areas in the Eastern Cape once he is released on bail.
Opposing Qebe's application, investigating officer argued that Qebe did support his two children as they were not staying with him.
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