Siblings' alleged killers get bail: report

By Drum Digital
06 February 2013

Two men accused of the brutal murder of two siblings in Northcliff were released on bail by the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court, The Star newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Kenneth Schroder, 53, and Paul Mundel, 39, were each granted bail of R15,000.

Siblings Gary Smith and Karen Buchanan were murdered in their home in March 2008. They were bound, gagged, had their teeth pulled out and darts thrown at them. Buchanan was raped. Both were shot.

The accused are facing charges of murder, rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and possession of a firearm.

According to The Star, magistrate Paul du Plessis said the two were not flight risks and there was minimal risk they would interfere with witnesses.

Du Plessis acknowledged the crimes were serious, but said "justice was not done on emotions but on the confines of the law...".

He questioned the credibility of the witness who blew the whistle on the two accused in December, despite the murders being committed five years ago.

"(The question) is when, how and why these allegations were made if it could lead to a (successful prosecution). The credibility of the witness must be regarded as suspect, and at worse, described as untruthful...".

Schroder and Mundel were ordered to report to their respective police stations from Monday to Saturday as part of the bail conditions.

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