Sasha: crowd packs gallery

Cape Town – An angry crowd bayed for the blood of the man who appeared in Wynberg magistrate’s court in Cape Town on Thursday in connection with the murder of eight-year-old Sasha-Leigh Crook. It was the second appearance in court by Moegamat Isaacs, 25. He was not asked to plead and the case was postponed to August 4. The courtroom was packed and angry supporters of the dead girl’s family shouted threats and obscenities at the back gates of the court after the brief hearing. Isaacs appeared before Magistrate Wessel Marais. Defence attorney Keith Gess told the court he needed to approach the state for information before deciding the next step. He did not elaborate on the information he wanted. Gess said there had been a problem on Wednesday because Isaac’s had refused blood and hair samples demanded by the state without first obtaining legal advice. Gess said Isaacs had since received legal advice and was now willing to give the required samples. It is understood that several attorneys have refused to represent Isaacs and that Gess was the only one willing to do so. The girl’s body was found by members of a neighbourhood watch search party on a field in Pelican Heights, near Strandfontein, on July 14. She vanished from her grandparents’ home in Ottery on July 6 while waiting to be taken to a party. She was found fully clothed and lying on her right side. The skin on parts of the left side of her face appeared to have been stripped away and it appeared she had a gash near her throat.