Nathaniel Julis (16), who had Down syndrome, was shot dead a few meters from his home while he was eating a cookie. His mother, Bridget Harris, took the prospect of a new trial very hard. “It’s exhausting me, I’m exhausted. Just to think about going back to court and hearing the same thing over and over again,” she said.

Bridget Harris, mother of murdered teenager Nathaniel Julis, at the Proteas Magistrates’ Court on September 22, 2020. Photo: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The mother of an Eldard Park teenager who was allegedly shot dead by police said two years on she is worried about going to trial.

Nathaniel Julis (16), who had Down syndrome, was shot dead a few meters from his home while he was eating a cookie. He was shot when he was walking from a grocery store where he had just bought cookies.

Three police officers, Kaylin Witbui, Voster Netshiongola and Scorpion Ndyalwana, are on trial for his murder. But the trial will have to start from scratch.

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Police used tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse a crowd during the 2020 Eldorado Park protest where Julie was fatally shot.

A few days later, the three policemen appeared in the Protea Magistrates Court on charges of murder, perverting the course of justice and possession of prohibited ammunition.

The trial began and later 23 witnesses were present – the presiding judge Ramarum Manama died, so it’s back to square one.

Julis’ mother, Bridget Harris, took the prospect of a new trial very hard. “It’s exhausting me, I’m exhausted. Just think about going back to court and hearing the same thing over and over again. I have hope, I know for sure that this time they are coming,” she said.

The second trial for the murder of Julius will begin in October.

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