Marine murder trial witness can't identify attackers

2014-10-29 15:37
Brett Williams. (File)

Brett Williams. (File)

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Durban - Twelve days after former Royal Marine Brett Williams was beaten to death after a rugby match, an eyewitness could not identify any of his attackers, the Durban Regional Court heard on Wednesday.

"I didn't know what to expect. All the people in the identity parade were wearing the same clothing", Keith Seach told the court.

This had confused him, he said. He was being cross-examined by Christo van Schalkwyk, for Blayne Shepard, aged 23, and his brother Kyle, aged 25.

The brothers, along with Andries van der Merwe, aged 23, and Dustin van Wyk, aged 23, are accused of beating Williams to death outside Durban's Kings Park stadium on the night of 23 March last year, after a Super XV rugby match.

Seach had been working as a casual supervising manager for Fidelity Security on the night.

The four men each face a charge of murder, three of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and one of crimen injuria.

During his evidence-in-chief on 26 September, Seach told the court Van Wyk did all the questioning about a lost chain that had belonged to another man, Grant Cramer, which was mentioned during a fight involving Williams.

As Seach and his colleague did not know his name they later dubbed him "pretty boy" as he did all the talking and was good looking, Seach told the court.

Questioned by Van Schalkwyk on Wednesday about whether anyone else spoke, Seach said of Van Wyk: "He did all the talking about the chain."

Seach previously testified that he saw an earlier confrontation between Williams and Cramer, who had Williams in a chokehold. Van Wyk then started demanding the chain Cramer had lost.

The fatal fight took place afterwards and Williams was subsequently declared dead.

Williams had been in Durban on a stopover from his maritime security job, which involved guarding ships from pirate attacks as they negotiated East African coastal waters.

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