Family killer back in court

2014-07-28 00:00

DURBAN triple axe-murderer Mario Allers has struck again in Johannesburg with the brutal slaying of his wife.

Allers, a convicted murderer who hacked three of his family members to death in their Bluff home 15 years ago, will appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court this week on fresh charges.

The Bluff community where he grew up remains haunted by the bloody slaughter of his mother, grandmother and best friend.

Allers (42) was convicted of the triple murder in 1999 and has been released twice on parole.

Sister paper Beeld reported that he is now accused of stabbing his wife Carol to death in their Randpark Ridge home in Gauteng in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The 51-year-old Nampak client manager was stabbed three times in the back and once in the arm. It remains unclear what prompted the attack.

Her murder has cast the spotlight over Allers’s chequered past, and rekindled the memory of the July night when screams and sirens echoed through his neighbourhood.

The unemployed Allers, who was 27 at the time, had snapped during a heated argument with his father, who had refused to give him money.

Just hours before, he and his best friend Marius Snyman were enjoying a braai at their neighbours’ home.

According to police insiders who probed the murders, it was his father Colin who was the first victim of his axe attack while in a drug-fuelled haze.

Felled by a blow to his head after several strikes to his arm, Colin was knocked unconscious.

Allers moved on to his mother Aletta and his grandmother, Martie Erasmus, who were killed in their beds.

The bloodied body of Snyman was found in the passage of the Winchelsea Avenue home.

After bathing and neatly laying the murder weapon on a table, Allers locked up the house.

His four-year-old daughter had watched the attack, and Allers dropped her at school in blood-stained clothes.

Neighbour Theresa Charles said the memory of the killing was fresh in her mind.

“It was early in the morning. His father was banging on our back door and he was covered in blood. He broke out of the kitchen window because the house was locked.

“Colin was sitting by me and he looked terrible, his head and arms were covered with blood from his wounds. He said that Mario had attacked them and he didn’t know if everyone else was alive,” she said.

“That night he had been at our house for a braai; he practically grew up with my son.”

Colin has since died.

“He had moved to another town inland, but because of all the depression from his family being wiped out I don’t think he could manage it,” Charles’s husband Ivan said.

During his trial, Allers admitted attacking the four, but claimed he did not realise what he was doing because his drug use had made him schizophrenic.

He remains in custody and has applied for Legal Aid, with his next court appearance expected on Thursday.

• jeff.wicks@witness.co.za

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