A man from Fauresmith with a previous grievous bodily harm conviction, Piet Booysen (40), stands accused of murdering his wife, Magdalena Rols (30). The suspect is set to reappear in the Fauresmith Magistrate’s Court on 14 November regarding the murder of the deceased, who died after a brutal beating, according to police findings. Sgt. Sinah Mpakane, provincial police spokesperson, says Booysen remains in custody after unsuccessful bail applications during his three recent appearances. He again appeared in court on 10 October facing a charge of murder. “The case has been postponed to determine a trial date and finalisation of investigation,” she says. Mpakane says the accused allegedly beat the victim to death near Halfweg farm on 10 September after an alcohol binge. She says the incident had occurred at about 02:00. “Piet and his wife, accompanied by a male friend, who is a witness, were walking from Halfweg farm to a nearby farm, Florence, where they stayed. It is alleged that the three had been drinking alcohol at Halfweg farm, which is also their place of work. “Along the way the suspect started assaulting the victim. The witness tried to stop Booysen, but he continued beating the victim,” says Mpakane. She says Rols’ body was found the following afternoon on the roadside of the farm. “The victim died due to severe head injuries following constant beating on the head with a piece of rock,” says Mpakane. She says Booysen, who fled from the area, was arrested three days later at Driebad farm in the district of Philippolis in the Free State.Mpakane says initial findings supported by statements by witnesses interviewed revealed that Booysen allegedly had a reputation for assaulting the victim whenever he was drunk. “In 2010 the suspect was sentenced to six months on a charge of grievous bodily harm after the court found him guilty of assaulting Rols with a piece of rock. His sentence was suspended for four years,” says Mpakane.