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Accused 'shot 4 to get respect'

2005-02-07 20:58

Johannesburg - Ruben Richard Pennels shot dead four partygoers in March last year to "get respect", Johannesburg High Court heard on Monday.

Craig Wood,Pennels's co-accused who testified against him, said: "He said he was going to get some respect from people."

Pennels allegedly shot and killed four people after being asked to leave the "Lion's Den" pub on Roodepoort's Ontdekkers Road on March 24 2004.

He, Wood and Glenhard Dawes are accused of killing inspector Julian Dry, ex-policeman Richus Liebenberg, pub owner Simon Pretorius and Richard Selepe.

Dawes is serving a life sentence in terms of a plea bargain he reached with the State late last year.

Illegally in possession of guns

The three travelled in the same car to the party and stopped near the pub.

Testifying against Pennels on Monday, Wood said he "was in such a panic after hearing gunshots that he wanted to drive away", but Pennels threatened that "I would be next".

Pennels is facing four counts of murder, two of attempted murder and counts of illegally possessing guns and ammunition and of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Pennels had pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.