Court rules son didn't kill dad

2012-04-24 10:06
George - A 20-year-old man walked out of court a free man after he was acquitted of killing his father, farmer Koos van Zyl, 40.

Kosie van Zyl said he was relieved at the verdict, reported Die Burger.

Van Zyl had been accused of shooting and killing his father in their farmhouse in Stilbaai in December 2009.

During the trial in the George Magistrate's Court, the court had heard how Van Zyl had been abused, physically and verbally, by his father. He also left school early to help his father work on the farm.

At one point he testified that he had not pulled the trigger, and that his mother had told him to confess to the murder.

Regional magistrate Eugenie Jacobs said no gun powder residue had been found on Van Zyl’s hands and it was therefore reasonably possible that he did not fire the gun.

She said the court was not convinced that Van Zyl was the killer. There were no witnesses, and the State's case was based on circumstantial evidence.

She said Van Zyl had impressed her as a witness, but his mother had not, as she had feared the deceased and had had an extra-marital affair.

"A shot was fired, but by whom?" Jacobs asked

Van Zyl told reporters he would go back to farming in Stilbaai and would take each day as it came.

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