Murdered doctor's wife denies gay sex accusations

2015-05-11 15:25
Dr. Louis Heyns

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Cape Town - The wife of a murdered Stellenbosch paediatrician on Sunday told the court she never had any reason to doubt her husband's sexuality during their 33 years of marriage.

Dalene Heyns, the wife of slain Dr Louis Heyns, was responding to claims read by the defence from an affidavit by murder accused Marthinus van der Walt that her husband had requested sexual favours from him.

Van der Walt, 34, appeared in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

He is accused of hijacking, kidnapping and murdering the paediatrician in May 2013.

However, Van der Walt has pleaded not guilty to the charges, claiming that Heyns’s death was not intentional and that he had stolen the car after Heyns had died.

According to the affidavit read by Van der Walt’s lawyer Gert Fourie, Heyns met Marthinus and his brother Sarel on Strand beach on May 22 2013.

The brothers had apparently been under the influence of alcohol and drugs when the 59-year-old victim approached them.

According to the sworn statement, Heyns requested sexual favours and Marthinus agreed, following him into a bushy area.

There Heyns had allegedly insulted and provoked Marthinus, whereafter he hit Heyns with his fist and kicked him.

He claims he did not intend to kill the doctor, but after discovering that Heyns was dead, he tied his hands and feet and took his car.

Dalene told the court that Louis had phoned her that afternoon to tell her he would be going to a meeting in Stellenbosch.

He had also phoned his brother Christo, saying he would possibly come by thereafter to help him install a new printer he had purchased a week before.

“When my husband was not yet home by 12:30 the next morning, I started to feel unsettled. I sent him an SMS and when he failed to respond after 10 minutes, I sent him another. There was no reply,” she said.

“When I tried to call, his phone went straight to voicemail.”

Searching

Dalene said she then phoned Christo, who contacted his sister in hopes of establishing Louis’ whereabouts.

Christo testified he had last seen his brother at 20:30 that night, when he had left his Somerset West home after dinner.

Christo and his sister spent the early hours of the following morning driving along the main highways and possible routes Louis could have taken to his Panorama home.

No trace of Louis’s Peugeot 308 was found.

Dalene said she phoned the authorities and hospitals, but no accident or incident involving his car had been reported.

Eight days after being declared a missing person, police informed the family that his body had been found in a shallow grave in Strand.

“When my daughter started crying, I realised what had happened. The shock was so intense; words can’t describe it,” she said.

Dalene told the court she believes her husband was a victim of a hijacking.

When presented by Fourie with Marthinus’s claim of Louis requesting sexual favours from him at the beach, Dalene insisted her husband had never shown any sign of being involved in extramarital relations.

“I have never doubted or had any suspicions about my husband’s sexual behaviour or fidelity,” an adamant Dalene said.

“I am convinced the allegation is unlikely. I believe this with my whole heart.”  

Marthinus, along with his brother Sarel, 43, were initially accused of killing Heyns. Sarel pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to the murder and theft. He reached a plea bargain with the State last year and is currently serving a seven-year sentence.

A third suspect, Malmesbury businessman and scrapyard owner Juan Liedeman, pleaded guilty to a charge of not having reasonable cause to believe the stolen car was properly acquired. Louis’ car was found by police in his possession.

He also entered a plea bargain and sentencing agreement and was handed a R10 000 fine or five years behind bars. Half the fine and sentence were reportedly suspended for five years on condition that he not be convicted of a similar crime.

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