On Monday, closing arguments for the bail application by Tasliem “Thaliem” Bianchi, the alleged leader of the Junky Funky gang, was heard at the Western Cape High Court.
Bianchi is charged with the murder of Ezra Daniels, 7, who died on 3 September 2017 when a bullet intended for a gangster hit him in the neck while he was playing in Abdullah Moosa Walk.
Thaliem, Ikeraam Bianchi, Marlon Neehuis, Kimberley Solomons and Kelly Daniels were charged for his murder.
While the court case has been riddled with delays, Ezra’s grieving family say they cannot find closure and are gearing up for another bleak Christmas without their beloved son.
Despite being in prison for more than a year, Thaliem made his urgent application amid the pre-trial hearings, stalling the case.
Yesterday the State and defence lawyer Joe Weeber handed their arguments to the judge who will make a judgment on the bail application on 14 December.
Ezra’s frustrated mother, Desiree, says: “In his application, he said he wants to come home because he misses his children and wants to support them, but does he think about us that can’t even buy a Christmas present for our child because my child is now dead.
“For us as a family this is about justice for Ezra and Christmas was always a special time for him and this is the second year without my boy.”