2nd accused in Winnie Rust murder case appears briefly in court

2016-05-17 11:00
Winnie Rust (Supplied)

Winnie Rust (Supplied)

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Wellington - The second accused in the murder case of Wellington author Winnie Rust made a brief appearance in the local magistrate's court on Tuesday.

Johannes Plaatjies, 34, faces a charge of murder along with 18-year-old Nigel Plaatjies who appeared in the same court on Monday. It is unclear if the two accused are related.

Neither the police nor the State prosecutor were able to confirm if the duo were related.

The State said it would be opposing bail and that the matter was registered as a Schedule Six offense, meaning the onus was on the accused to prove to the court that there were special circumstances justifying their release.

The teen was a star athlete who reportedly received financial assistance from Rust, 77.

The writer was found dead in her home in Third Avenue, Uitsig, on Wednesday.

Her husband, Dr Manie Rust, 87, woke up from the sound of the bell at the gate around 15:30.

When he got up to see who was at the gate, he found his wife dead on the kitchen floor. She had injuries to her face and her hands and feet were bound.

The teen was arrested over the weekend with items belonging to Rust allegedly in his possession.

Magistrate Brenda Mpako postponed the matter to May 24.

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