Family relieved after Subbadu acquitted

Christopher Subbadu (centre in the white shirt) and his family outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court after he was acquitted of all charges

“God is there to set the captives free,” said Sorrin Subbadu after his son Christopher Subbadu was finally acquitted in the Pietermaritzburg High Court today.

Having spent nearly four years in jail for the alleged rape and murder of Litisha Naidoo, Subbadu was released today when Judge Themba Sishi withdrew all charges brought against him.

State prosecutor, Deelin Naidoo, asked that Judge Sishi withdraw the charges against Subbadu, citing the poor quality of evidence as the main reason, as well as the death of the main witness in the case, saying, “There are certain difficulties that we have faced in this case and wish to withdraw all charges against the accused.”

Subbadu’s family, who were in full attendance, hugged his advocate, Dianne Franklin, and thanked her for standing by him and fighting for his freedom.

Sorrin Subbadu said that his prayers were finally answered after his son was released today.

“I have prayed and prayed for my son and today I know my prayers were received by the grace of God,” said Sorrin, who sent his condolences to the Naidoo family and hoped that they would find peace.

Joey Chenchih, Subbadu’s uncle, said that this had been a painful ordeal for the family and his nephew had been wrongfully placed in jail for too long.

“He is now free from these things that we all know he didn’t do and able to walk the streets by the grace of God,” said Chenchih.

Subbadu himself, looking eager to leave the court premises, said that he could not wait to go home after sitting in jail for far too long.

“I just want to go home and all I have to say is that God works in mysterious ways,” said Subbadu.

Byrone Athman

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