Plea agreement possible in doctor murder case

2014-06-13 12:41


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Cape Town - A man allegedly found in possession of the car of slain paediatrician Dr Louis Heyns may enter a plea and sentencing agreement, the Western Cape High Court heard on Friday.

Prosecutor Samantha Raphels said she hoped the agreement with Malmesbury businessman Juan Liedeman, 37, would be finalised by next week.

William Booth, for Liedeman, confirmed this.

"This agreement does not relate to the main charges [of murder and robbery]. This relates to certain statutory contraventions in terms of the motor vehicle," he said.

Judge Robert Henney warned Liedeman to return to court on 23 June for another pre-trial conference.

Liedeman, who is out on R20 000 bail, faces a robbery charge. He appeared with brothers Marthinus and Sarel van der Walt, who have been charged with killing Heyns and robbing him of his car and other possessions.

They remain in custody.

Heyns, a University of Stellenbosch medical professor, went missing last May. His body was found in a shallow grave in Strand the same month.

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