Horatio “Voudie” Solomons, the nephew of Ernest “Ernie Lastig” Solomon says he was not involved in any of the murders the State has charged him with in the ongoing trial at the Western Cape High Court.
Voudie, along with Ismail Ockerts, Brian Fieghland, Ishmaeel Ockerts, Elton Ely, Brent Campbell, Bradley Roberts, Lezay Booysen, Fabian Constable, Ziyaad Saafodien, Keenan Kruger and Lucian Consul, face 71 charges of murder, attempted murder and gun- and drug-related crimes dating back to 2009.
Addressing Judge Owen Rogers on Tuesday, his lawyer, who asked not to be identified in the media, said his client denies all the counts which cover the incitement of murders in alleged gang hits.
A former skollie, who turned State witness, has claimed that Voudie instructed assassins to kill Donkie’s alleged hitman, Leon Davids, and Delft matriculant Lorenzo de Kock, 18, among others.
After five days of cross-questioning the State’s star witness on the alleged hits, the lawyer on Tuesday accused him of being a liegbek who told the court “a pack of lies to protect himself”.
The straight-faced witness denied lying in court and stuck to his testimony that Voudie was the leader of the Terrible Josters.
But the State’s case was dealt another blow when Voudie’s lawyer produced documents from the Bellville Magistrates’ Court showing that at the time of the murder of Brandon “Mablou” Dickson, the man named by the State witness who allegedly got a gun from Voudie, was in fact in custody at Goodwood Prison.
But the witness stuck to his guns, saying his version was correct.
Also listed in the indictment is a drug charge in which Voudie and Ismail were allegedly caught with over 800 Mandrax pille.
According to the State, Voudie was arrested by an off-duty Hawks officer on 14 December 2016, after the cop had received a tip-off about drugs being packaged at the accused’s Durbanville house.
After knocking on the door, the cop allegedly witnessed objects being thrown over a wall.
During a search of the house, the officer found R30 000 in cash and a klomp Mandrax pille in the neighbour’s yard.
Voudie’s fingerprints were allegedly found on the packaging, linking him to the drugs. The case continues.