Rugby murder trial in 2014

2013-10-09 00:00

FOUR men accused of murdering British tourist Brett Williams as he left a Sharks rugby game earlier this year will stand trial next year.

Brothers Blayne (23) and Kyle Shepard (24), Andries Jacobus van der Merwe (24) and Dustine van Wyk (24) will stand trial between March 10 to March 14, the Durban Magistrate’s Court decided yesterday.

The four have pleaded not guilty to murdering Williams, a former British Royal Marine, as he left the game against the Melbourne Rebels at the King’s Park stadium in March this year.

The Witness reported that Williams (29), a South African-born British citizen, was severely beaten and kicked by a group of fans after accidentally bumping into a man after the match.

Days after the incident, the men handed themselves over to the police. They were each charged with one count of murder, three counts of assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm and one count of crimen injuria. They were granted bail of R5 000 each on April 8, and were required to report to their local police stations twice a week.

At the time, the fifth suspect, Grant Cramer, was released on bail of R2 000. He was charged with one count of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, which was yesterday withdrawn.

When the four were granted bail, they were banned from contacting Cramer.

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