‘Drug lord’, co-accused get trial date



May 4, 2016
‘Drug lord’, co-accused get trial date

Fadwaan "Vet" Murphy (middle) outside court. CREDIT: Ayanda Ndamane

Suspected drug kingpin Fadwaan “Vet” Murphy and his co-accused are expected to go on trial soon facing drug dealing charges.

Murphy yesterday appeared in the Khayelitsha Priority Crimes Court alongside his sister, Glenda Bird, his ex-wife Shafieka Murphy, as well as Dominique Davidson and suspected henchman Leon Paulsen.

Murphy and his sister were arrested last month following a drug bust at Davidson’s home in Lotus River last year.

It emerged yesterday that charges were dropped against Zulayga Fortuin, 26, and Felicia Wenn, 21, who were arrested with Shafieka following the raid.

Cops alleged they found the three women packing drugs with an estimated street value of R5 million.

R1.1 million in cash was also found on the premises.

Prosecutors have now added Murphy, Bird and Paulsen to the two other accused and merged the matters into one case.

Paulsen was arrested in 2014 on a charge of money laundering, after police confiscated over R380 000 at his home.

The group face six charges which include money laundering and dealing in drugs.

They remained silent before Magistrate Gary Harmse during the brief proceedings where several lawyers confirmed which accused they would be representing.

Prosecutors requested that the matter be remanded to June when they will be able to provide the court with a trial date.

Two armed cops from the Tactical Response Unit stood guard at the door and escorted the investigating team to their vehicle.

Murphy also arrived at court with a small army of bodyguards who flanked him.

The matter was postponed to June 14.

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