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Durban man arrested for brutal Glenmore murder to undergo mental assessment

The suspect allegedly attacked and murdered a Glenmore resident due to her support for Palestine.

THE 44-year-old suspect arrested in connection with the brutal murder of Glenmore resident Halima Hoosen-Preston in an alleged Islamophobic attack made his first appearance in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday (June 4).

Grayson James Beare is facing charges of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

The attack took place on Hyder Road in the early hours of Sunday morning (June 2), and Hoosen-Preston’s husband and son (19) were also treated for multiple stab wounds in the same attack.

In a widely shared video circulating on social media, Beare appears to indicate his attack was because of the family’s pro-Palestinian stance and alleges Hoosen-Preston ‘and her family thought it was entertaining that my cousins were killed in Israel’.

Related story: Jewish board condemns horrific Glenmore murder

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said the matter was remanded to June 11.

“The matter was remanded to June 11 and for Beare to undergo mental assessment. The state is opposed to bail.”

On Monday, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) said it was ‘outraged’ over the murder and attacks.

In a statement, the SAJBD asked that the law be allowed to take its course following the horrific attack.

“This is a tragic event, and our hearts and prayers go out to the affected family. We ask that this matter be investigated thoroughly by the judicial system and that the investigations and legal processes be allowed to take their course. In this highly charged environment, we call for calm from all communities so that justice can prevail,” the statement read.


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