Bronx murder case: DNA test a priority

2012-07-04 22:32
The police forensic laboratory is to prioritise the DNA analysis in the Bronx murder case, the Cape Town District Court has heard. (File, AFP)

The police forensic laboratory is to prioritise the DNA analysis in the Bronx murder case, the Cape Town District Court has heard. (File, AFP)

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Cape Town - The police forensic laboratory is to prioritise the DNA analysis in the Bronx murder case, the Cape Town District Court heard on Wednesday.

Prosecutor Johan Swart told the court that the Western Cape Directorate for Public Prosecutions had sent a written request to the laboratory authorities for the analysis to be expedited.

Four men accused of the murder of Bruno Bronn, owner of gay night spot, Bronx, made yet another appearance in court on Wednesday, following their arrest in February.

The suspects are Johan Frederick Coetzer, 36, Fareez Allie, 29, Achmat Toffa, 35 and Kurt Erispe, 32.

All but Toffa have already been released on bail, and a bail application launched by him last week is still in progress.

Toffa’s application was scheduled to have resumed this week, with the defence cross-examining the investigating detective.

But heavy court rolls prevented this, and the application is now expected to resume on July 10.

At Wednesday’s proceedings, the prosecutor told the court that the DNA report should have been available already, but was delayed due to the illness of the official involved with the analysis.

Swart said the investigation was all but complete, but that a finger-print analysis was also required, to eliminate the fingerprints of Bronn himself.

Swart said the State was in the process of obtaining Bronn’s finger-prints from the home affairs department.

He said the matter would be transferred to the Western Cape High Court, and that a pre-trial conference in the Western Cape High Court had been scheduled for 31 August.

Swart said another postponement, to 15 August, was necessary and in the interests of justice.

The defence team objected when the postponement, and the proceedings, which ought to have lasted a few minutes, became protracted.

A ruling as to whether the requested postponement should be allowed is expected on 10 July, when Toffa's bail application is also set to resume.

- SAPA
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