Linden ‘family killer’ gets bail

2011-07-16 07:20

The Linden man accused of killing his wife and quadriplegic son was granted R20 000 bail by the Johannesburg Magistrates Court yesterday, Beeld reported.

Among the bail conditions magistrate Pieter du Plessis imposed on Ben Engelbrecht (51) were that he must report to a psychiatrist, and the Linden Police Station, every week.

Engelbrecht was accused of strangling his wife Ina (49) and son Kobus (21) with a scarf in their Linden home in May.
He allegedly tried to commit suicide by gassing himself in his car.

Kobus, who would have turned 22 on Friday, was paralysed in a high school rugby accident.

Du Plessis said the court, in deciding whether to grant bail, had to consider whether Engelbrecht would try to take his own life again.

“The court feels the circumstances were so unique that you will likely not try to commit such a crime if released on bail.

“It is also clear from the psychiatric report that if you receive regular psychiatric help, the risk of suicide is very slim,” Beeld quoted him as saying.

Du Plessis also accepted a report on Engelbrecht from Johannesburg prison psychiatrist Maxwell Matjane.

The case was postponed to August for the director of public prosecutions to decide if Engelbrecht should go on trial in the high court.

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