Alleged family murderer back in Vanderbijlpark court

2016-02-26 05:38
Fanie Du Preez sits in the dock in Vanderbijlpark, south of Johannesburg. (Wim Pretorius, News24)

Fanie Du Preez sits in the dock in Vanderbijlpark, south of Johannesburg. (Wim Pretorius, News24)

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Vanderbijlpark – A man alleged to have gunned down his wife and two children was expected back in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Fanie du Preez has been behind bars for over two months after the court rejected his bail application in December.

He was alleged to have shot his wife, Thea, 43, and their two children, Carlia, 17, and Phillip, 14.

The court heard during the bail application that Du Preez gave police three different versions of what took place that fateful night his family was murdered. 

He first told police that it was robbers who committed the murders but when he returned from the police station he changed his version and blamed Nigerian drug lords for the crimes. A day later he again changed his version and this time blamed Lebanese drug lords.

Forced him to kill family

“Du Preez said that the drug lords held him at gunpoint, gave him a gun and forced him to kill his family because he didn’t want to deliver drugs for them,” the state said.

He allegedly shot his daughter six times, fired three shots at his son with one hitting him in the head while his wife had two bullet wounds to the head.

Du Preez told the officer that his daughter Carlia tried to stop him and pleaded "Nee, Pappa, nee" (No, daddy, no) before he allegedly shot her. She had a gunshot wound through her hand as she tried to block the bullets.

According to police, Du Preez used YouTube to learn how to make a silencer for a gun, but Du Preez said that he wanted to use it to kill the drug lords.

It was understood that Du Preez and his wife were having marital problems and she was considering leaving him.

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