Winnie Rust murder accused back in court

2016-11-29 05:52
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

Cape Town - Nigel Plaatjies and his uncle Johannes Plaatjies are expected back in the Wellington Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on charges of killing Afrikaans author Winnie Rust.

Rust was found dead in her home in Uitsig, Wellington, on May 11.

Rust had been paying for Nigel’s tuition and other fees related to his athletics training. His mother worked for Rust’s daughter.

The court had heard that the promising athlete regularly visited Rust.

Plaatjies was arrested two days after Rust's murder. His fingerprints were allegedly found on a table next to the 77-year-old's body. 

According to Plaatjies's statement, his uncle forced him to “help him with a burglary”. Plaatjies was to keep Rust occupied while his uncle stole valuables.

He had no prior convictions.

His uncle had convictions for a string of crimes, including one for housebreaking, eight for theft, two for assault, and two for drunk driving. He was yet to plead.

During court proceedings on Monday, Paul Marais, for Nigel Plaatjies, was unhappy that defence lawyer Lee Louw was not available to represent the uncle.

Marais told Magistrate Alvin Saptoe this was disadvantaging his client and causing further financial stress for the Plaatjies family.

Monday's postponement was the fourth time Plaatjies's second bail application had been postponed.

 

Read more on:    winnie rust  |  cape town  |  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

 
/News

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.