#DURBAN: The bullets that ended the life of little Sadia Sukhraj were indeed from the gun of her father. The ballistics report presented to the court confirmed this. Sadia was shot twice in the chest during a botched hijacking in May last year.
The State prosecutor Kelvin Singh said that any father would protect their immediate family when under attack.
“Here is a father with these thoughts going through his mind, that his daughter could be raped or murdered. Any right-minded father would act in the same manner. Any other person would have reacted. You don’t punish the action, you punish the intention,” said Singh
Sukhraj in court: Reliving that fateful day
Sukhraj said that they headed to school on May 28, when his family was attacked outside his in-laws residence.
“We live very close to my in-laws. We dropped off our smallest, Jaziel, who was six months old at the time. As we were walking out, I heard my wife gasp: ‘Oh my God!'”
The Sukhraj family were confronted by two men – one brandishing a gun – and they demanded the keys to his Hyundai Tucson where little Sadia was seated in.
“They were just a few metres from me. I tossed my keys to him.”
The hijackers attempted to reverse out of a below-road-level driveway when they crashed into the gate.
This was the moment that Sukhraj pulled out his firearm thinking of his child in the car.
“Before I fired, there were a million things that crossed [my] mind as a father. I was afraid of losing my child to murder, rape, human trafficking or mutilation. I just wanted my child back. I drew my firearm and shot at the driver.”
Sukhraj had earlier testified that he fired 15 rounds of ammunition at the hijackers to prevent them from fleeing with his daughter in the car.
Defence for the accused in this matter argued that Sukhraj could have directed his shots at the tyres and not the assailants knowing the danger of his child being in the vehicle as he fired round after round.
Judgement in the case is expected in June.
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