2 more arrested for Krugersdorp murders

2016-06-24 11:23
Body of missing real estate agent, Hanle Lategan, found in veld. (Facebook)

Body of missing real estate agent, Hanle Lategan, found in veld. (Facebook)

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Krugersdorp - Two more people were arrested on Friday in connection with the murder of estate agent Hanlie Lategan and two insurance brokers, Anthony Scholefield and Kevin McAlpine.

The two men were arrested at 00:45, prosecutor Jacqueline Steyn told the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court. 

She was speaking at the appearance of Christian Kruger and Fabian Luff who were arrested earlier this month in connection with the crimes.

The latest arrests bring the number of those arrested to four. 

Lategan, Scholefield and McAlpine were found murdered over a three-week period in the West Rand last month, sparking fears of a serial killer in the area. 

Ahead of the court appearance by Luff and Kruger on Friday, Magistrate Delize Smit ruled that no pictures or videos may be taken during the proceedings as an identity parade still needed to be held. 

Case postponed

Meanwhile, Kruger, who has a legal aid lawyer, had been hoping to apply for bail. 

Steyn, however, requested that the case be postponed to allow the other accused to join the proceedings. 

She told the court that new facts would be brought forward and that this could be information which would assist the State in making its case. 

Kruger's lawyer, Victor da Silva, was not pleased.

He accused the State of delaying the proceedings, emphasising that his client's rights were being infringed upon.

Smit however said she felt it was imperative to postpone the proceedings.

The case was postponed to Monday, June 27.

'Pieces of s**t'

During the last court proceedings held at the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court, Luff's legal representative withdrew from the matter. 

This was after he claimed to have not gotten any financial instructions from his client.

Luff was instructed to apply for legal aid or seek another legal representative.

On Friday, a new private attorney appeared for Luff. 

He had no objection to postponing the matter. 

Throughout the proceedings, Luff and Kruger, who were dressed in sweaters, kept their eyes fixed on the magistrate.

As they were led back down to the holding cells, they again avoided any eye contact with the court gallery. 

Occupying the benches of the gallery were family members of the victims. 

"Pieces of shit," one family member said as the pair were led out.

Meanwhile, Lategan's brother, Ferde de Wit told the media he was not discouraged by the postponement. 

The fact that more arrests had been being made meant that the police were conducting a thorough investigation, he said. 

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