3 discharged in marine murder trial

2014-11-07 22:44

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Durban - Three of the four men charged with beating a former Royal Marine to death at Durban's Kings Park stadium will not have to stand trial, the Durban Regional Court ruled on Friday.

Magistrate Trevor Levitt said the case against Kyle Shepard, 25, Andries van der Merwe, 23, and Dustin van Wyk, 23, was discharged and they were free to go.

He ruled that Blayne Shepard, 23, would have to stand trial.

"I come to the conclusion I have not heard the full story. I believe accused number two [Kyle Shepard] to have been more involved than what meets the eye," he said.

The Shepard brothers, Van der Merwe and Van Wyk were accused of beating Brett Williams to death outside Kings Park on the night of 23 March 2013, after the Sharks beat the Melbourne Rebels in a Super Rugby match.

They had each faced a charge of murder, three of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and one of crimen injuria.

Levitt ruled that Blayne Shepard would have to answer only to the charge of murder.


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