Traffic deputy chief's murder case postponed

By Drum Digital
13 September 2013

The case against a Mpumalanga traffic deputy chief accused of shooting a woman dead was postponed in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court on Friday.

According to a Sapa correspondent, Cornelius Heunis, 57, pleaded not guilty to the murder of Michelle Curgenven, 36, during his brief appearance.

Curgenven was found dead inside her Land Rover Freelander in July this year. She was an administration clerk at the Mbombela local municipality.

Heunis was arrested at Curgenven's house on July 5 and allegedly threatened to commit suicide when police arrived.

"When police wanted to come in he threatened to shoot himself with a 9mm pistol," Colonel Leonard Hlathi said.

Heunis is out on R20,000 bail.

The case was postponed to November 21 after the State asked that police be given more time to investigate.

-Sapa

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