By Krishnee Naidoo

The family of Lotus Park teen, Halima Bibi Shaik, who was knocked down and killed by an alleged speedster in September last year, is praying for a harsh sentence for the man they believe is responsible for snuffing out their loved one’s life.

Deceased Lotus Park teen, Halima Bibi Shaik

The trial for the accused will commence on Tuesday, 13 June and the family is urging the community to stand with them in unity and call for a hefty sentence for the perpetrator.

Speaking to the Southern Star, family spokesperson and aunt to the slain teen, Zarina Assan said, “The family is still distraught and during this fasting period of Ramadan they are extremely emotional. They want justice to be served. The family wants a harsh punishment to be meted out to the man responsible for taking Halima’s life so callously. This family has a void since her death that cannot be filled. The accused cannot walk away scot-free. He must be punished for what he did.”

On Friday, 2 September 2016, Halima had been returning home on foot in the company of her friends after writing her first trial examination when the accused allegedly ploughed into her and her friends at the corner of Acalypha Crescent and Lotus Drive. The matric learner passed away at the scene due to the extensive injuries that she sustained.

“We are calling on community members to join us at the Durban Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 at 8am for the start of the culpable homicide trial. We want our voice to be heard and the judge to hand down a harsh sentence to the accused,” said Zarina.