Heyns co-accused free to support family

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Cape Town - A third man arrested in the killing of a Cape doctor was released on bail, under what the magistrate said was “exceptional circumstances”.

Juan Liedman, 37, is accused of dismantling the stolen car of slain Heyns was granted R20 000 bail by the Somerset West Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Heyns, a University of Stellenbosch medical professor, went missing on 22 May. His body was found in a shallow grave in Strand on 30 May.

Magistrate NB Magutwya said he had taken into account the fact that Liedeman had several businesses that needed to be run and was the primary caregiver for his wife, their two children, a third child from a previous relationship, and his retired parents.

He considered the balance between the interests of justice and Liedeman's rights to his personal freedom, and the likelihood of him suffering if kept in custody.

Liedeman was not deemed to be a flight risk because he had spent his entire life in the Western Cape and did not have a valid passport.

"This court is satisfied that the applicant has discharged the onus placed on him and that exceptional circumstances are present in this matter," Magutwya said.

Conditions

Liedeman was ordered not make contact with the State's witnesses. Two of these witnesses are family members and a third is an employee at his panel-beating and spray-painting business in Malmesbury.

William Booth, for Liedeman, asked that the employee be ordered to keep away from the business, as this would effectively cause his client to breach bail conditions. The State said it would arrange that.

Liedeman and brothers Marthinus, 33, and Sarel van der Walt, 42, were arrested for Heyns’s killing. The brothers face charges of killing and robbing Heyns.

They abandoned their bail applications on Monday.

Liedeman faces charges for being found in possession of Heyns's stolen vehicle. The director of public prosecution made a decision to charge him with both robbery as an accessory after the fact and defeating the ends of justice - both schedule six offences.

The case against the trio would resume on 8 August, after further investigation.

- SAPA
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