Raymond Buys killing trial resumes

2015-02-19 06:15
Raymond Buys (File, Volksblad)

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Vereeniging - The trial of military-style camp owner Alex de Koker and his co-accused Michael Erasmus over the death of 15-year-old Raymond Buys resumes in the Vereeniging Regional Court on Thursday.

They have been charged with murder, child abuse, and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, relating to the death of Raymond Buys at the Echo Wild Game Rangers camp in 2011.

At the last court appearance on 3 December, Erasmus testified that De Koker asked him to take the blame for the abuse at the camp.

He denied attacking Buys with a "piele wapper" (a hollow rubber pipe), a spade, and a sickle, but admitted he had punched Buys, kicked him, and had once hit him with a broomstick.

Erasmus argued it was on De Koker's instruction that Buys was abused and that he only ever abused Buys in De Koker's presence. Judgment is expected on 27 February.

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