Buys tied to bed with chain, court hears

2014-12-02 07:10
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Vereeniging - The trial of the owner of military-style camp accused of killing a 15-year-old boy is expected to continue in the Vereeniging Regional Court on Tuesday.

Camp owner Alex de Koker and his co-accused Michael Erasmus are charged with murder, child abuse, and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, relating to the death of Raymond Buys, 15, at the Echo Wild Game Rangers camp in 2011.

On Monday Erasmus told the court Buys was stripped, tied to a chair, had water thrown at him, and was shocked with a taser gun after he ran away from the camp.

Erasmus recalled a day when Buys was tied to a flagpole between 16:00 and 17:00 and he was told the 15-year-old tried to run away for a second time.

He said his co-accused De Koker asked him to get a chair, chains, a bucket, a pillowcase, and a taser, and no one should know what they were doing.

The court heard that Buys was also tied to his bed with a chain every night on De Koker's instructions because he wanted to run away, Erasmus told the court.

According to the NGO Women and Men Against Child Abuse, Buys was emaciated, dehydrated, had brain damage, skull fractures, a broken arm, and bruises and cigarette burns all over his body, allegedly as a result of De Koker's actions and orders.

Buys was also allegedly forced to eat his own faeces. He died in hospital.

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