Winnie Rust murder accused back in court

2017-02-01 05:43
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)

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Cape Town – Nigel Plaatjies and his uncle Johannes Plaatjies are expected back in the Wellington Magistrate's Court on Wednesday 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.

In November Magistrate Alvin Saptoe dismissed Nigel's second bail application, saying his testimony had left him in a worse position than before.

In his ruling Saptoe said he found Nigel's testimony and statements to police were not consistent.

Nigel told the court that his uncle forced him to "help him with a burglary". Nigel was to keep Rust occupied while his uncle stole valuables.

However, during bail proceedings in June investigating officer Cornelius de Lange said that Nigel had denied being at the author's home on the day of her murder, until a witness insisted that he had been there.

Nigel has no prior convictions.

His uncle has been found guilty of several crimes, including one for housebreaking, eight for theft, two for assault, and two for drunk driving.

His uncle is yet to plead.

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