Bronn's hands were tied, says witness

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Cape Town - The body of nightclub owner Bruno Bronn was lying in his guest room at home with his hands tied, a security guard told the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.

Anthony Joseph testified that he had been responding to a call in Green Point, Cape Town, on 7 February 2012, when Bronn's domestic worker, Jakoba Marcus, stopped him on the side of the road.

After he had attended to his call, he left Marcus in the foyer and inspected the house.

He said the main bedroom looked like it had been ransacked.

"I proceeded to the guest room. The door was a little bit open, I pushed it open with my one leg and just saw the body," he said.

"I saw the hands and they were tied and blue." At the time of his death, Bronn owned the gay night club, The Bronx, in the Cape Town CBD.

Three men have pleaded not guilty before Western Cape Judge-President, John Hlophe, and assessor Jaco van Reenen, to charges of premeditated murder and aggravated armed robbery.

They are Frederick Willem John Coetzer, Fareez Allie and Achmat Toffa.

A fourth suspect, Kurt Erispe, has become a State witness, and will be indemnified against prosecution if he testifies truthfully and to the satisfaction of the court.

Carien Teunissen, for the State, asked if Joseph touched anything on the crime scene.

The security guard said he did not touch or disturb anything.

He said he called the police control room. Constable Enrico Carolus responded.

Carolus took the stand as the State's next witness.

He told the court that a paramedic confirmed Bronn was dead.

He went inside the house to see if any perpetrators were present.

"I did check for forced entry but didn't see any forced entry," he said.

The trial continues.

- SAPA
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