'Exploding cig': Two in court

11 January 2017 - 09:37 By Kathryn Kimberley

Two Port Elizabeth brothers who allegedly gave a young boy a firecracker under the pretext it was a cigarette and told him to light it - causing it to explode in his face - have been released on R500 bail each following a brief appearance in the city's magistrate's court yesterday.

Brothers Demane and Sebastian Pillay leave the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Tuesday after  being released on bail of R500
Brothers Demane and Sebastian Pillay leave the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Tuesday after being released on bail of R500
Image: Kathryn Kimberley

Sebastian and Demane Pillay, 27 and 25 respectively, face charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

They are represented by top criminal attorney Alwyn Griebenow. Shane Witbooi, 12, was severely injured during the incident on Sunday.

The case was postponed to March 13 for further investigation. The men were also warned not to have any contact with the boy or any of the state witnesses.