Benoni murder scene was staged - cop

2013-11-08 14:06

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Johannesburg - The scene of Dewalt Visser and his teenage son's murder had been tampered with, the Benoni Magistrate's Court heard on Friday.

"The scene had been tampered with and reconstructed," investigating officer Warrant Officer Peter Mbonani testified.

"The number of bullet holes were more and did not match that of cartridges found at the scene."

Retief Liebenberg, of Benoni, Johannesburg, was arrested last Thursday in connection with the shooting of his daughter Chevonne's boyfriend, 19-year-old Dewalt "Poena" Visser, and the teenager's father Dewalt, 46, in his home.

Liebenberg, who faces two counts of murder, was applying for bail.

Mbonani said Visser jnr visited Chevonne at Liebenberg's home that day.

"The witness who was with the deceased said Visser senior received a call from his son on that day who told him the accused [Liebenberg] was holding him hostage in the house."

The two, Visser snr and the witness, drove to Liebenberg's home. They arrived and spoke to Liebenberg, and the situation was amicably resolved, he said.

As they were about to leave with Visser jnr, Liebenberg went around the house and fired shots at the father and son, Mbonani said.

"The father was shot five times in the front of the upper body... the son ran away and the accused followed him to the kitchen," he said.

The teenager was shot while lying on the floor. Both were declared dead on the scene, the court heard.

Constructing the murder scene

Asked by prosecutor Thabiso Mosikili who constructed the murder scene, Mbonani said he did not know.

Liebenberg runs his own company and has 70 people in his employ. He and his wife are divorced, and he lives with their two children - Chevonne and a son.

In his affidavit, read by his lawyer Marius van Wyngaardt, Liebenberg said being granted bail would enable him to look after his business and his children who depended on him.

The business would have to close down if he remained in custody and his employees' jobs would be in jeopardy.

A report by a clinical psychologist indicated that Liebenberg was traumatised by the crime and suffered from depression.

He needed treatment before his condition worsened, the court heard.

The bail hearing continues.

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