Grové said‚ should Turnbull be released on bail‚ he would live with his parents in Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape. He would work as a salesman for his father’s company‚ Turnbull Motors. He said despite him moving to a different province‚ he would not abscond if granted bail. Grové said it was extremely unlikely that he would plead guilty.
State prosecutor Marike Kersop said Turnbull had told Gray that he would prepare her for drug and sex trafficking. Gray feared Turnbull. She said he had threatened her ex-husband and minor children on two occasions. The ex-husband took the threats seriously and moved house.
Kersop argued that the threats were aimed at discouraging Gray and her family members from opening any cases against him. She said a picture had been sketched of a violent person.
“What is he going to do to her after she put him in jail? The state can only imagine what might happen to the complainant or her children should he be released on bail.”
Turnbull is also accused of drug and ammunition possession in a separate case. He was released on R5‚000 bail in this matter‚ ahead of his next court date on October 30.