Sibling murder case goes to high court

2013-03-27 14:07
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Johannesburg - The case against two men implicated in the murder of two Northcliff siblings was transferred to the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Kenneth Schroder and Paul Mundel appeared at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday morning.

Magistrate Paul du Plessis said the high court matter would be heard at the Palm Ridge Regional Court on 30 September.

Both are currently out on bail.

"Your bail has been extended and the bail conditions given to you by this court still stand," said Du Plessis.

Schroder and Mundel arrived in court with an elderly man and a woman.

Mundel wore a suit and tie.

His head and beard were clean cut.

Schroder, however, had messy hair and wore faded jeans and a khaki-green jacket.

He later left the court hand-in-hand with the woman.

During court proceedings, the two men sat in the dock with their heads bowed.

Magistrate Du Plessis explained to them the contents of their indictment document that had been compiled by the public prosecutor.

He said the document listed the charges against them as well as the list of witnesses.

Du Plessis gave the two accused strict instructions to not attempt to contact any of the witnesses.

Mundel and Schroder are accused of killing Garry Smith and his sister Karen Buchanan.

Siblings killed

The pair was murdered at their home five years ago.

They were found bound, gagged, had their teeth pulled out and darts thrown at them.

Buchanan was also raped. Both of them were then shot.

The two men have since been charged with murder, rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances and the illegal possession of a firearm.

During Schroder and Mundel's bail application in February, The Star reported that Schroder's former lover spilled the beans to the police about the incident.

The woman said she was present when Smith and Buchanan had decided to come clean to the police, because she wanted to clean up her own life.

Du Plessis, however, questioned her credibility.

"The credibility of the witness must be regarded as suspect, and at worse, described as untruthful," he said.

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