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Angelique Clarke case postponed, again

The murder case of East London mother, Angelique Clarke-Abrahams (25) who was allegedly brutally raped and attacked by her husband Carl Abrahams in front of their five-year-old son on August 30 at her home in Fynbos, has been postponed, again. At the time of her death, she had a protection order against her husband.

Abrahams appeared in court on December 18, 2019, and his case was postponed to January 24, 2020, because his legal representation was not available.

On Friday, his lawyer was yet again not available, leading to the case being postponed to March 26, 2020. When asked by Magistrate Rochelle Sam why his lawyer failed to attend court again, Abrahams responded in Afrikaans and there was no court interpreter. Abrahams, dressed in jeans and a blue shirt seemed unbothered in court by the absence of his lawyer.

National Prosecuting Authority provincial spokesperson, Luxolo Tyali, said the state wants the trial to proceed. “There is little we can do if the legal representative of the accused person is not available. What has to be noted is that every person should have a fair trial.”

Clarke died at the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in Mdantsane on September 3.

Abrahams was arrested in August and released on R2 000 bail on December 2. He was also granted permission to visit his son.


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