Isipingo man pleads guilty after knocking matric pupil

Halima Bibi Shaik.

The family of Halima Bibi Shaik, together with concerned members of the community, gathered outside the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday to protest against Leeash Madhan who is facing a charge of culpable homicide.

The Shaik family is demanding justice for their daughter’s death.  The accused, who previously pleaded not guilty, has now changed his plea to guilty.

Family and friends protesting outside the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

ALSO READ: ‘We want justice for our daughter’ – Shaik family

The Strelitzia Secondary School pupil was returning home in Plumeria Place after writing her first trial exam when she was struck down by a vehicle at the corner of Lotus Drive and Acalypha Crescent, last September, which had costed the young pupil her life.

In a court appearance on June 13, Madhan pleaded guilty to all charges and showed no remorse towards his reckless actions.

Madhan’s legal team had approached the senior public prosecutor who asked for time to review the docket. Magistrate Ravi Pillay postponed the case to July 18 and extended his bail until the accused appears in court next month. Speaking on behalf of the family, chairman of Isipingo CPF, Aidan David said that the family looking for closure.

ALSO READ: Family seeks justice for daughter’s death

“The family would have loved to have some closure today, but the accused changed his plea to guilty. The process will automatically come to an end and the sentencing will start at the next court appearance in July. Let’s hope for closure on that day,” he said.

Article: Candice George

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