CASE POSTPONED: Rashied Staggie

The case against Rashied Staggie and three others is postponed to allow cops to establish the value of stolen items allegedly found on the accused.

This was as Staggie, a former Hard Livings gang leader, along with Joburg businessman Jayraj Pillay, 56, his son Michaheel Mahendra Pillay, 19, and Joao de Gouveia, 45, made a brief appearance at the Cape Town Magistrates' Court yesterday.

The group face charges of possession of stolen property after 23 bottles of Johnnie Walker Green worth R20 000, several boxes of duur Cuban cigars and British cigarettes were found in three cars driven by the accused.

The bust was made at a parking lot in Canal Walk in April this year after cops say they received a tip-off.

Yesterday State Prosecutor Nielan Chetty told the court their investigation has not been completed yet as they are waiting on affidavits for the evaluation and identification of the stolen items.

Chetty also said a warrant of arrest which was issued against Jayraj Pillay, for failure to appear in court in July, would be held over.

Pillay’s lawyer, Rooshdeen Rudolph said his client couldn’t be in court because he was in hospital at the time.

The case was postponed to October 18 after their lawyers said they wanted to make oral representations to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The DPP would then decide whether to continue the case or withdraw the charges.