Meghan Cremer suspect faces second murder charge, court told
One of the three men charged with murdering Meghan Cremer is suspected of another murder, a Cape Town court was told on Thursday.
Prosecutor Envar Hartnick said Shiraaz Jaftha, 34, had another case of murder pending against him.
Jaftha appeared in the dock at Athlone magistrate’s court alongside Jeremy Sias, 27, and Charles Daniels, 39, for the murder of 30-year-old Cremer.
Her body was found at a sand mine in Philippi early on Thursday, August 8, five days after she disappeared from nearby Vaderlansche Rietvlei stud farm with her car.
Hartnick said Sias had a pending car theft case and a prior assault conviction, while Daniels had a pending theft case and a previous drug conviction.
The court was filled with about 60 black-clad women from the Philippi equestrian community, who were there to oppose bail for the men.
In the event, Sias and Daniels abandoned their bail applications and Daniels’s application was postponed until September 11.
Hartnick said all the men had been charged with murder but the director of public prosecutions would decide which charges they would be tried on once the police investigation was complete.
Among the women in court was Linda Mohr, owner of the farm where Sias was born and raised, and where he worked with livestock.
There was no interaction between Mohr and Sias, whose head and face were covered by a hoodie.