Court grants bail to Durban cop who 'mistakenly' shot son

Court grants bail to Durban cop who 'mistakenly' shot son

A Durban policeman who shot and killed his 12-year-old son last weekend after he allegedly mistook him for an intruder will be allowed to attend his child's funeral.

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The Durban Magistrate's Court granted Maxwell Luthuli bail of R2 000 on Friday. 

During the bail application, the state and defence argued extensively on the safety of the witnesses in the case, namely Luthuli's wife and adopted daughter. 

The investigating officer told the court she was yet to get statements from them as the two were too upset and still traumatised by the incident. 

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The IPID official said while not opposed to bail, she had concerns about interference in the case. 

But the magistrate concluded that there was no evidence Luthuli would interfere with the investigation or witnesses. 

Luthuli's attorney told the court his wife wanted him to get bail so they could be together as their child's funeral approaches.

The boy will be laid to rest in Eshowe on Saturday.


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