Bad Brad found not guilty

2011-09-16 12:37

Former Big Brother reality show contestant Brad Wood and his four co-accused were acquitted on murder and attempted murder charges in a High Court sitting in Delmas today, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.

“The judge [Andre Louw] said they acted in self-defence,” NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.

“We are naturally disappointed with any acquittal, but in a court of law it is not about what you know, but what you can prove,” he said in a text message to Sapa.

Wood, Herbie Trouw, Willem Coetzer, Nico Pretorius and Mickey Mazelem were accused of involvement in a manhunt which led to a shootout at the Aurora mine in Benoni last year that claimed the lives of four illegal miners.

Yesterday, the State admitted there was no case against Trouw and Coetzer. In closing argument, the State said there was no reason to believe the pair had planned, or taken part in the manhunt or the shooting.

Louw told their counsel no closing argument was necessary on their behalf. Both Trouw and Coetzer were members of mine management.

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