Murder: son, co-accused in jail together

2012-11-16 00:00

HARRISMITH dominee’s son Martin Brits (28) has confessed to murder before a magistrate.

Brits and a man he met in prison are accused of the murders of his father and soon-to-be brother-in-law and the attempted murder of his mother. An informed source has revealed that Brits and Elliot Mhlambi (41), who were in prison at Frankfort for theft and truck hijacking respectively, spoke frequently and attended church services together.

Dominee Willem Brits (60), and his future son-in-law Gerhard Vermeulen (25), were shot and chopped with an axe. Dorothea Brits (59) was severely wounded and is still on a ventilator in hospital.

Dominee Bobby Scherrer, the former pastor at Brits’s Kerkenberg Dutch Reformed Church, said yesterday: “We are still deeply shocked over the events …” and said they trusted “that the pieces of this strange, perhaps unexplainable, puzzle will fit together eventually so the family will have closure and trust can be rebuilt”.

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