Man in court for guesthouse attack

2014-04-24 09:04
Brian and Tilly Pope (Supplied, Volksblad)

Brian and Tilly Pope (Supplied, Volksblad)

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Harrismith – A man accused of murdering Durban couple Brian and Tilly Pope at a Free State guesthouse over the Easter weekend made a brief appearance in the Harrismith Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, according to Volksblad.

Pharaoh Mhone, 32, from Malawi, was the caretaker at Tweevley Farm near Harrismith, where the Popes were staying with other family members.

He is accused of shooting the Popes in their beds at around midnight on Saturday, and then of assaulting Brian’s son, Warren, and Warren’s wife, Marlene.

The case was postponed to 6 May so that an interpreter in Mhone’s mother tongue, Chichewa, can be obtained, Volksblad reported.

Mhone indicated that he wants to appoint his own lawyer.

A Pope family spokesperson said Warren and Marlene are still in hospital in Bethlehem. Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalised.

According to Free State police, Mhone's wife and young child are in a place of safety. She told police she was asleep when her husband left the house before the killing.

Read more on:    bloemfontein  |  crime

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