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THREE men accused of murdering 21-year-old Olwyn Cowley after he had advertised his car on the Gumtree website appeared in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Rameez Felix, 29, Jason Elias, 25, and Shawaal Staggie, 30, all from Mitchells Plain, appeared briefly. The case was postponed to September 10. Further charges of kidnapping, hijacking and possession of illegal firearms and ammunition will be added.
Earlier, police spokesman Frederick Van Wyk confirmed Cowley had gone to meet apparent buyers for his silver BMW 325 TI.
Cowley advertised his car on Gumtree and the three accused allegedly posed as potential buyers. His car was found in Mitchells Plain.
Cowley’s aunt, Anita Hanekom, said Cowley had met one of those interested in buying the car last Tuesday.
“The guy said he didn’t have the money and arranged to meet him again when he did have the money,” she said.
Hanekom said Cowley had gone to meet the apparent buyers again last Thursday at 5.30pm at the Shell garage near Century City.
Soon afterwards, she said, Cowley’s mother, Surita Cowley, had repeatedly tried to call him on his cellphone, but her calls were rejected.
Hanekom said by 6am on Friday police informed them Cowley had been murdered.
Cowley, who turned 21 three months ago and was an only child, had been saving money to study further.
The suspects, who chose to be represented by legal aid lawyers, were arrested on Sunday. They allegedly murdered Cowley and dumped his body at Monwabisi Beach.
The three will remain in custody until their next court appearance. Police are still searching for a fourth suspect.