Siam Lee, 20
The accused has previously accused the police of coaxing him into making a “specific” confession.
Siam Lee, 20
The man accused of murdering Durban woman, Siam Lee is set to appear in court once again on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old last appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court last month, where his bail hearing was adjourned, and is facing a further 15 charges, including rape, kidnapping and crimen injuria, and has been held in police holding cells since his arrest in January.
Lee, a 20-year-old woman, went missing on 4 January when she left her place of work and was last seen getting into a car with an unknown man.
Her burnt body was discovered a week later, in New Hanover, Midlands, six days before the suspect was arrested in Hillcrest.
In his previous court appearance, the man alleged that he was intimidated by police in an attempt to force him to confess to the murder.
“They told me I was going to leave confessing to killing Siam Lee or I was going to leave in a body bag. There were exact things they wanted me to say,” he told the court.
“When I refused to confess, a police officer went to a car and fetched an evidence bag. They used that to put it over my face and they strangled me with it twice outside.”
Central to his arrest, was the assistance of private investigator, Brad Nathanson, who is alleged to have hung around in the vicinity as he was apprehended.
To support these brutality claims, the accused’s defence lawyer, Advocate Martin Krog quoted before the court, a line from Nathanson’s Facebook page which was posted soon after the arrest.
“We know that not every problem may be solved through rational disclosure. Some may be solved by application of force,” the post reads.
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