Murder accused to apply for bail after second escape attempt

2013-04-23 19:01

Serial escapee Quewin Coetzee, who is accused of murdering his pregnant lover, will reportedly apply for bail again.

Coetzee, who has escaped before, appeared in court in connection with a second escape attempt yesterday.

Volksblad reported today that he would apply for bail.

Coetzee was nabbed in Kaalfontein near Tembisa on the East Rand on Thursday.

He was first arrested on March 1, before the body of Celesté Fraser-Carson was found, but escaped the next morning.

He was arrested several days later in Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape.

He was not granted bail in the Free State High Court in June last year and a subsequent application for leave to appeal the court’s decision also failed, Volksblad reported.

It is believed Coetzee was assisted in his latest escape attempt from the Grootvlei Prison – in late March – by his former fiancée, Vernecia McGluwa, and Moses Khalaki, a lawyer who has been struck off the roll.

In March, City Press reported that Coetzee was due to marry McGluwa but that she called off the wedding after discovering he was allegedly involved with Fraser-Carson.

Forged paperwork was allegedly used to falsely create the impression that Coetzee had been granted bail.

Bail of R4 000 was paid on his behalf after which he was released.

Private detective Leon Rossouw, who had been employed by the family after Carson went missing, assisted with the search after the news broke that Coetzee had escaped.

Rossouw, whose speciality is cellphone crimes, says they found out that Coetzee had used public phones in Kaalfontein and Ebony Park to contact people close to him.

“We also discovered that he had people who helped him withdraw money that was deposited for him into the Shoprite money market since he couldn’t use his own ID,” said Rossouw.

Rossouw worked with the Hawks and police in the Randburg area to arrest him where he had been renting a back room.

Coetzee is set to appear in the Bloemfontein High Court on charges of murder and kidnapping on May 27.

Coetzee, McGulwa and Khalaki are set to appear in court on May 29 in connection with Coetzee’s escape.

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