"PEOPLE are killed every day, but I've never come across someone being killed in a mosque, the most sacred place of the Muslim community."
These were the words of state prosecutor Thobani Jokani as he argued in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court against the release of a murder accused who applied for bail yesterday.
Mohammed Aliko, 29, a Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University student, is accused of beating, strangling and stabbing a disabled man to death with a pencil in the Rudolph Street mosque in South End on August 8.
The brutal killing of Mohamed Laher, 44, of Malabar, rocked the Muslim community, prompting many to hold protests outside the court.
Yesterday, after having heard closing argument from both the defence and the state, magistrate Gavin Juicy said he would need until Friday to deliberate on whether or not to grant bail to Aliko, who has been in custody for the past 18 days. - Kathryn Kimberley