Bail ruling in Winnie Rust murder case

2016-06-23 05:35
Nigel Plaatjies and Johannes Plaatjies, suspects in the Winnie Rust murder case. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Nigel Plaatjies and Johannes Plaatjies, suspects in the Winnie Rust murder case. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Wellington - The two men accused of killing author Winnie Rust will hear the outcome of their bail applications when they appear in the Wellington Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Nigel Plaatjies, 18, and his uncle Johannes Plaatjies, 34, are accused of killing Rust, 77, in her Third Avenue, Uitsig, home on May 11.

Rust was providing financial support to the teenager, an athletics star who matriculated last year.

Her husband, Dr Manie Rust, 87, found her dead on the kitchen floor. She had been strangled.

Investigating officer Cornelius de Lange told the court last Monday that according to Nigel's statement, Johannes forced him to help burgle the couple's house.

Nigel's fingerprints were found on a table next to where Rusts's body was found. He allegedly used her bank card at an ATM for three transactions valued at R5 000, and her credit card for purchases at Game, jeweller Tiffany & Co, and Sportscene in Paarl.

Nigel pleaded not guilty to armed robbery and murder. Johannes had not pleaded yet.

Nigel, the court heard, had no prior convictions. Johannes had a string of convictions: housebreaking, eight of theft, two of assault, and two of drunk driving.

Read more on:    winnie rust  |  wellington  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.