Theys's Sizzlers confession

Cape Town - This is a transcript of the confession Trevor Theys made before Magistrate Alida le Roux on February 13 2003.

Trevor Theys is the co-accused in the Sizzlers murder trial in which 9 people were killed.

Last year, I think it was during the winter, I used to frequent Walter's Pub and Grill at Sea Point, where I befriended most of the staff.

One evening the manager named Adam (Woest) told me (that) one of the boys who worked at Sizzlers, told him that a substantial amount of cash was kept on the premises.

He said that it was easy to rob them.

I was actually joking when I said we can do it. He spoke of finding guns and said because I am a coloured, that in the township it would be easy for me to find weapons.

I just played along and when he asked me how far I got. My reply was nothing yet.

I had a girlfriend who is 20-years-old, but she broke my heart with another woman. I tried to get her back, but could not.

Then one evening when no one was at home I took my brother's gun and my own gun and phoned Adam and told him that I found the guns so we can do it the same night.

He phoned Sizzlers and told them that he was a client.

We entered the premises; the manager let us in.

The manager took us to a room and (Adam) told the manager that he preferred blond boys. When the boy came Adam took out my brother's gun. I gave Adam the gun before the time.

Adam told the boy to take us to the rest of the boys. One of the boys called the owner and said it was a robbery.

They gave us the cash that was in the two safes. It was less than R2 000. I thought it was not worth taking it. Adam put the money in his pocket.

He made them to lie down and tied them up with their hands behind their backs and also tied their feet so that when we leave they could not switch on the alarm, but Adam didn't want to leave.

He then gave me a knife and told me to slit their throats, which I did not want to do. I told him to do it.

He then said to me that well we both must do it.

He started at one end and I started at the other end.

In the act, I could not do it as I didn't know how.

I really did not want to do it. But Adam was a bigger man than me. I was fighting for my own life because Adam said that he will get rid of loose ends.

When I slit their throats I only gave them flesh wounds. I slit four of them. It was not deep cuts. They would not die from these wounds. I know that.

Adam slit the throats of I think four of them from the one side. They were all in the same room. I then went and drink some water. Adam was still with them.

They started screaming - the boys whose throats were slit.

When I returned to the room where the boys were, the next door room door opened. There were two men, one man and one boy, in that room.

We made them to lie down and tied them in the same manner as the others.

Adam stayed with them and I stayed in the room with the rest of the boys.

I was talking to them calming them.

They ask me whether they were going to die. I promised them that no one will die.

Later me and the boys spoke to each other. We were actually laughing and joking. They were calming me and I was calming them.

Adam was waiting. I don't know for what.

He kept on showing me the guns; that we must use the guns. I refused.

Half the time I didn't know what I was doing because my girlfriend hurt me.

I was still speaking to the boys. I turned around and Adam was not there. I walked up into the hallway. I went to check the other two who were in the next room.

One of the men was free and coming out the room. There was a gun on the table in the hallway.

I picked it up and told him to go back. The man ran down the hallway to the kitchen. I followed.

Adam was in the kitchen looking for something and the man attacked him, then he turned around and attacked me.

I didn't know what I was doing.

I first hit him with the gun on his head. The man attacked me on my face, choking me or something.

The firearm went off and the man fell down. I just stood there.

Adam took the gun from me and went to the first room where the boy was left still tied up. He shot the boy.

I walked in front of Adam. Adam stood in the doorway when he shot the boy. The boy was not facing Adam, but was with his back to Adam. Adam was close to the boy when he shot the boy. I was standing next to Adam when he shot the boy.

Then Adam told me that now it was too late, that we have to shoot them.

The reason I think, is because Adam lives in Sea Point and I worked in Sea Point. The boys may recognise us.

He told me to go from one side and shoot them, whilst he went from the other side. I felt compelled because I was scared and fearing for my own life. I am not that kind of person. I was scared to die.

Adam started shooting first.

All the boys were tied up with hands and feet, lying on their stomachs.

I also shot. I shot four boys at the back of their heads. The boys were still alive.

Adam then gave me the keys to the safety gate. I struggled to open it, but eventually I did.

There is something I forgot Adam brought with to rob. He had it on him. Duct tape, gloves and masks. Two pairs of gloves and 2 pairs of masks.

The boys were also gagged.

Then he put on the mask. I did too.

We got out of the house and ran to the car. We started the car and drove down to Beach Road. We went down Beach Road on the freeway past the Waterfront.

When we got to Paarden Island we threw out the masks and gloves. We had the gloves on since we arrived.

We then drove to Bellville we then stayed until sunlight.

On Voortrekker Road Bellville, Adam told me that he was going home and will take a taxi back to Sea Point. I continued to drive.

I drove a white BMW - same car we used to get away. I went on the N1 not the N2, it's the N1. I just wanted to get away. I feared what might happen.

I went to Paarl, bought me other clothes, then continued to drive on N1. I still had the other clothes I wore. On the pass I changed clothes and kept the other clothes in the bag.

I went though the tunnel, past Worcester towards Beaufort West.

I then discovered that I had both guns in the car. I dismantled it. Whilst I was driving I threw it out of the window piece by piece along the roadside.

I don't know how far I travelled on the N1. Before I got to Beaufort West I turned back and returned to Cape Town.

I didn't know where to go and what to do. I drove around night and day, only going home to wash and change two days.

I then decided to go home. I stayed there. I didn't work, instead I repaired my mother's car and sister's car.

One night in Cape Town the owner of the BMW came to fetch his car, Mr Stephens, but he doesn't know anything about this. I rented the vehicle from him.

I just stayed at home for about three weeks. I decided to work again.

I then phoned Adam to borrow petrol money to start working, because I transport ladies to and from work - escort agencies and to hotels and clients. I started on Monday, 10 February 2003.

This morning I was across the road from where I live at my sister's, drinking coffee and playing solitaire. A knock came to the door.

Everybody else in the house was sleeping. I saw men running around the side of the house. I knew they were coming for me. They were police.

I open the door. The officer asked me my name. I told them.

Since that time I have been co-operating with them fully, because I am sorry what happened.

They took me to my room asking for my firearm licence.

Then they told me why. They informed me about my rights. They said I had the right to an attorney and if I cannot afford a lawyer, a legal aid attorney will be supplied to me free of charge.

They also told me that I have the right to remain silent and that I didn't need to incriminate myself in any way.

I was then arrested for the murders at Sizzlers. I then fully co-operated.

I told them I will show them where I threw away the guns out of the car.

That is all.

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