Hunter fired in self defence, court hears
Johannesburg - A man who shot dead two suspected illegal hunters on his father's farm seven years ago told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday that he was defending himself.
Dyllan Douw de Beer, 19, and his father Douw de Beer, 51, of Boschkop pleaded not guilty to two charges of murder and a charge of theft.
However, Douw de Beer pleaded guilty to a charge of defeating the ends of justice by burning the victims' bodies.
Dyllan said in a statement he was hunting for impala on his father's farm in April 2004 when he saw a warthog and heard a rifle shot.
He saw that the warthog was heavily injured and quickly moved away.
Dyllan heard someone shouting and then a shot went past his ear.
He realised people were shooting at him and started running, but saw a man in camouflage clothing near the game fence on the farm.
The man started shooting at him and Dyllan, realising that he was in danger, fired two shots in his attacker's direction.
He started running home while shots were being fired at him.
Dyllan said he was shocked and crying when he arrived home and told his father what had happened.
He and his father drove to the spot where the shots were fired.
There they found the dead warthog and saw two men lying next to the fence. Both men had bullet wounds in their chests. It appeared as if one bullet might have hit both of them.
While the Dyllan sat in shock in the bakkie, his father shot the dogs that were milling around, loaded the bodies onto the back of his bakkie and drove his son home.
In a statement, Douw De Beer said he was shocked on seeing the bodies and decided to burn them to protect his son, who was at that stage still a minor, from being arrested.
He later made a voluntary statement to the police about the incident because it bothered him.
De Beer said he realised he should rather have phoned the police because his son had been protecting himself.
The trial continues.