Cape culpable homicide case withdrawn

2013-07-09 21:56


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Cape Town - A culpable homicide case against Willem Botes was provisionally withdrawn by the Bellville Regional Court on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Herculine Swart provisionally withdrew the charge because the State's key witness was abroad, and was expected back only towards the end of the year, the court heard.

Swart said it would be impractical to require Botes to keep appearing in court until then, and that the charge would be re-instituted on the witness's return.

Botes, 24, allegedly attacked Tygerberg High School matriculant Corne Hale during a brawl outside Stones nightclub, in Bellville, in November 2011.

During the attack, Hale fell to the ground and hit his head on the road.

He was 19 at the time.

He suffered serious head injuries and died two days later in hospital.

Botes was initially charged with murder, but the Western Cape Directorate for Public Prosecutions changed the charge to culpable homicide, and directed that he be tried in the regional court instead of the high court.

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