The convicted rapist is facing a complex situation, following his advocates seeming abandonement due to his inability to pay for professional services.

The accused who was found guilty of the double rape of his girlfriend, Sharisha Chauhan, has a new legal aid advocate.

Cape High court on Monday morning granted Advocate Joey Moses and attorney Craig Duncan an application to remove themselves from the case as their client is no longer able to pay for their services.

Taariq Phillips was acquitted of murder but found guilty on two counts of rape on September 11.

The accused and his then-girlfriend were part of a group of friends and acquaintances who attended a rave party at the La Bac Estate in Paarl on New Year’s Eve, 2013 when Chauhan became ill in the early hours of January 1, 2014.

The deceased was taken to the couple’s tent and after the pair were alone for some time, Chauhan started having seizures.

She was transported to the Paarl Medi-Clinic where she died later on New Year’s Day.