Bosch murder accused on suicide watch

2011-03-15 14:36
Pretoria - A man arrested in connection with the murder of Pretoria artist Cornelius Bosch received death threats and was viewed as a potential suicide risk, his lawyer told the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Lawyer Frik du Preez told Magistrate Bernard Swart he had "become aware of a possible hit" if his client remained in Pretoria Central Prison.

When Swart asked Du Preez to clarify what he meant by "possible hit", he said: "We mean a death threat".

Christoffel Johannes Potgieter was arrested at his Montana home, north of Pretoria, on Sunday.

Four other men - Schabir Mohammed, Abraham Rabie, Delgado Swartz and Lowan Lottering - appeared in court on Monday in connection with Bosch's death.

Du Preez said his client was depressed and had been placed on suicide watch, with officers checking on him every half hour.

Bosch was reported missing from his Kameeldrift home on February 24. His charred remains were later found in a veld about 8km away. He was identified by dental records.

Potgieter would be detained at the Kameeldrift police station until his next court appearance on March 23, to allow for further investigations. Du Preez said his client was then expected to apply for bail.

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