Marine Brett Williams murder trial continues

2014-10-31 13:13
Brett Williams. (File)

Brett Williams. (File)

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Johannesburg - The trial of four men accused of beating former Royal Marine Brett Williams to death continues in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Blayne Shepard, aged 23, his brother Kyle, aged 25, along with Andries van der Merwe, aged 23, and Dustin van Wyk, aged 23, each face a charge of murder, three of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and one of crimen injuria.

They are accused of beating Williams to death outside Kings Park stadium on the night of 23 March last year, after the Sharks beat the Melbourne Rebels in a Super Rugby match.

Prior to the final attack, Williams had been in fight with Grant Cramer, a friend of Blayne Shepard.

During that scuffle Cramer held Williams in a choke hold before dropping him to the ground unconscious.

On Thursday the court heard that violent shaking sheared small blood vessels in the brain of Williams and caused a blood clot that killed him.

"His head must have been shaken around violently. It was probably a violent and sudden shaking of the head that caused it", Dr Ashley Hammond said.

Hammond told the court he found two incidents of bleeding in the left temple area of Williams's brain and a blood clot in the ventricles.

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