Laptop fails as court waits for fatal shot
Technical glitches with viewing equipment brought court proceedings to a halt in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
The CCTV footage recorded from outside the Cradock Sports Bar in Jordaan Street shows how Algoa Park resident Carl Nassan allegedly fired a shot through a closed steel roller door which killed Victoria “Vicky” le Roux.
The 16-year-old girl was allegedly accompanying friends, buying alcohol.
Nassan pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, among others.
In October, the case was postponed in order for the authenticity of the CCTV footage to be verified.
This followed harrowing testimony by Le Roux’s best friend and eyewitness, Chane Swanepoel.
On Friday, the court ruled the footage to be admissible but, after viewing one of the two videos, the laptop used by the state stopped responding.
State prosecutor Hennie van Heerden apologised to the court and requested that the matter be postponed to ascertain what the technical problems were and to ensure no more interruptions at the next court date.
The case was subsequently postponed to February 5, when footage from inside the tavern, showing the moment Le Roux was hit by the bullet, is expected to be shown to the court.
During the viewing of the first video, tavern owner Johannes Brown gave a detailed description of the events being shown on a large screen set up in the court.
Brown identified Nassan in the footage where he is seen entering and exiting the establishment on various occasions before returning to the tavern with a firearm.
Moments before Nassan returns with the firearm, Brown described an altercation which took place between a man named only as Morne and Nassan.
Morne is seen hitting Nassan, who falls to the ground. Nassan’s friend, who accompanied him at the tavern, is seen trying to control the situation before Nassan raises the gun next to his friend’s head and fires one shot toward the steel roller door.
Swanepoel earlier testified she had been standing near Le Roux when the gunshot went off and had seen her friend fall.
Brown told the court he had been in his upstairs bathroom when he heard the shot go off.
“I looked out the window and saw [Nassan] and [his friend] get into a maroon Golf. [Nassan] was the driver,” Brown said.
He said that after the incident he had viewed the footage in the company of police officers at the scene and identified Nassan as the shooter...