Engen shooting: H2O owner gets bail

David Forbes’s lawyers lodged an urgent appeal after bail was denied on Wednesday.

Murder accused and H2O owner David Forbes stares down at photojournalists while sitting in the back of a SAPS van outside the Cape Town Police Station after appearing in the Cape Townb Magistrates Court. He is accused of killing 23 year old Toufiq Joseph at the Engen garage on Orange Street in Gardens, Cape Town. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Eyewitness News can reveal murder accused David Forbes has been granted bail of R20,000.

The H2O event owner is accused of murdering a man at a Gardens fuel station in Cape Town at the weekend.

The 48-year-old's lawyers lodged an urgent appeal after bail was denied in the Cape Town Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Toufieq Joseph, 23, was shot dead at point-blank range on Saturday.

Forbes's lawyer Noorudien Hassan said, "We started the appeal process yesterday. At 2:15pm we went into the judge's office and we got an order to say that bail is granted."

During previous appearances, emotions ran high outside the Cape Town Magistrates Court as Joseph's friends and family protested.

They held up placards reading "No Bail for murderers" and "Justice for Toufiq Joseph".

Forbes claimed he acted in self-defence after being attacked by Joseph.

The investigating officer in the case testified that four knives, including one with bloodstains, was found in Joseph's black Golf GTI.

Joseph was out on bail at the time of his death and was accused of murder.