Winnie Rust murder accused pleads not guilty

2016-06-13 12:50
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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Wellington - One of the two men accused of the murder of writer Winnie Rust has pleaded not guilty.

Nigel Plaatjies, 18, and his uncle Johannes Plaatjies, 34, are accused of killing Rust,  77, in her Third Avenue, Uitsig, home last month. Nigel pleaded not guilty while Johannes is yet to plead.

The teen, a star athlete who matriculated last year and was financially supported by Rust, and his co-accused made a brief appearance in the Wellington Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The courtroom was packed with the teen's supporters, who believe he would never be involved in such a crime.

Residents from New Rest and the surrounding areas have been diligently attending proceedings.

All maintained he would never do anything to hurt the respected writer, with whom he apparently shared a close relationship.

Nigel, the court heard, had no prior convictions, while Johannes had a string of past crimes, including housebreaking, theft and assault.

The author's husband, Dr Manie Rust, 87, woke up from the sound of the bell at the gate around 15:30 on the day of the murder.

When he got up to see who was at the gate, he found his wife dead on the kitchen floor. She had injuries to her face and her hands and feet were bound.

Rust is understood to have financially supported Nigel. His mother worked as a domestic worker for Rust's daughter.

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