Alleged rugby attackers to get trial date

2013-06-07 08:29
Blayne Shepard, Kyle Shepard, Andries van der Merwe, Dustin van Wyk and Grant Cramer appear in the Durban Magistrate's Court. (Giordano Stolley, Sapa)

Blayne Shepard, Kyle Shepard, Andries van der Merwe, Dustin van Wyk and Grant Cramer appear in the Durban Magistrate's Court. (Giordano Stolley, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - A trial date for four men charged with beating a rugby fan to death is expected to be set by the Durban Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Brothers Blayne and Kyle Shepard, Andries van der Merwe, and Dustin van Wyk were granted bail of R5 000 each on 8 April.

They are accused of beating to death Brett Williams, 29, at a Super XV match in Durban in March.

They are each charged with one count of murder, three of assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, and one of crimen injuria.

They have also been banned from contacting a fifth accused, Grant Cramer, who was released on bail of R2 000.

He is charged with one count of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Cramer has also been banned from the stadium.

During the bail application, prosecutor Krishen Shah said Williams had an altercation with Cramer outside Kings Park stadium on the night of 23 March.

Cramer "had a choke hold" on Williams, and he lost consciousness, Shah told the court.

Paramedics revived him, but the other four "kicked and punched" him in a second altercation later on, he alleged. Paramedics were unable to revive Williams again, and he was declared dead at the scene.
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