Bail for CPUT ‘arsonist’

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October 21, 2016
Bail for CPUT ‘arsonist’

RELIEVED: Student Byron Dick, 26, was released. CREDIT: Patrick Louw

The student accused of torching a security office after locking the guards inside has been released with strict conditions.

The CPUT student arrested for an arson attack at the institution’s Bellville campus has been released on bail.

Byron Dick appeared briefly at the Bellville Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The 26-year-old was nabbed last week Tuesday, hours after two security offices as well as the main gate were set alight, allegedly by protesting students.

Three security guards were locked into one of the buildings, which was pelted with stones before being set alight.

Dick is charged with arson, attempted murder, contravening a high court order and public violence.

Magistrate Ronald Rickets set bail at R3 000 along with strict conditions.

Dick, who is from Joburg, may not enter any CPUT institutions in the Western Cape, or leave the province without the investigating officer’s permission.

He is to report to the nearest police station three times a week.


EMOTIONAL: Byron with his mom

“If any of the above conditions aren’t adhered to, your bail will be revoked,” Rickets warned.

Dick proclaimed his innocence outside court.

“I don’t want to talk about the case because it might count against me in court, but I am innocent and I didn’t do the crime,” he said.

Dick called his bail conditions “harsh”.

“It’s almost December and I usually go home to my family, and now I might not be able to go.”

When Dick saw his mother, who flew down from Joburg, outside court, he burst into tears and ran into her arms.

The matter was postponed to December 12 for further investigation.

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