The three teens accused of killing a two-year-old Atlantis boy will have to wait until next week to apply for their release.
The trio, who were arrested on Sunday night, made a brief appearance at the Atlantis Magistrates’ Court yesterday where they were formally charged with little Braydon Graaff’s murder, as well as attempted murder after his mother, Rostan, and a 23-year-old neighbour were also hit by bullets.
This follows the fatal shooting on Saturday night in Robinvale, where little Braydon was shot while in his mother’s arms.
The stray gang bullet first pierced his mother’s arm before entering the tot’s chest, killing him within minutes.
The National Prosecuting Authority’s Eric Ntabazalila says the case against the men was postponed to November 1 for a bail application.
“All accused are remanded in custody – accused one, 17, who is a minor has been sent to Outeniqua Place of Safety in George, and the other two accused, who are both 18 ,will be kept at Allandale Police
Station in Paarl,” he says.
Yesterday, about 200 women from the Atlantis community handed over a petition opposing bail and protested outside court against the release of the accused on bail.
The area’s Ward Councillor, Barbara Rass, said: “We don’t want these people in our community and we will be back here next week when they apply for bail to protest once again,” she adds.