Bosch murder accused on suicide watch

2011-03-15 14:36

Pretoria - A man arrested in connection with the murder of Pretoria artist Cornelius Bosch received death threats and was viewed as a potential suicide risk, his lawyer told the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Lawyer Frik du Preez told Magistrate Bernard Swart he had "become aware of a possible hit" if his client remained in Pretoria Central Prison.

When Swart asked Du Preez to clarify what he meant by "possible hit", he said: "We mean a death threat".

Christoffel Johannes Potgieter was arrested at his Montana home, north of Pretoria, on Sunday.

Four other men - Schabir Mohammed, Abraham Rabie, Delgado Swartz and Lowan Lottering - appeared in court on Monday in connection with Bosch's death.

Du Preez said his client was depressed and had been placed on suicide watch, with officers checking on him every half hour.

Bosch was reported missing from his Kameeldrift home on February 24. His charred remains were later found in a veld about 8km away. He was identified by dental records.

Potgieter would be detained at the Kameeldrift police station until his next court appearance on March 23, to allow for further investigations. Du Preez said his client was then expected to apply for bail.

  • paulf - 2011-03-15 14:41

    Bail!!!!, hang the buggers, hang them HIGH!!!

      Monica - 2011-03-15 23:00

      Why watching them! Hang them!

  • Melly30 - 2011-03-15 14:42

    Ag shame... I hope you rot in hell!!! To take someone's life is not acceptable!

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-15 15:27

      @Melly30 I suspect a gay lover's quarrel gone horribly wrong, to be honest, all the hall markings of such, we're guaranteed the full story in a short while yet. And 'Tsek all of those ignoramuses who blamed the Black people, us Whiteys with all this minority poverty are now also resorting to crime.

  • Clive25 - 2011-03-15 14:47

    Thanks God its not ANC criminals.

      CharlSkeptic - 2011-03-15 14:55

      Well done, Clive. You are so perseptive. If fact, you are one of the wisest, most articulate, well-meaning human beings I have ever encountered! People must look up to you all the time! I mean, I can just imagine how proud your flea-ridden family must be every time they see your words in print. You are destined to become famous, my good man. Soon, you will have more followers than Shabir Shaik. I stand in awe at your presence on our humble News24 pages. Doos.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-15 15:39

      But check careful it is their culture to kill and burn the evidence. Then claim to be framed and want to commit suicide.

      Vitsha - 2011-03-15 15:49

      Thank God - for what, whoever has committed the ANC or DA or FF criminal makes no difference, a human being has been brutally murdered. Please grow up on these forums

      Monica - 2011-03-15 23:02

      It is not about black or white! If someone takes someones life and found guildty; they should not continue to live in any country. Take them to Robben Island to take care of themselves and just forget about them!

  • - 2011-03-15 14:59

    Death threats? so there is a bigger fish still out there that want to silence him? But he is expected to apply for bail, du preez is just playing mind games.

      Ray - 2011-03-15 17:10

      Come on Sipho/paulmandlakosi... the orthodontist trade so quiet? Do you hate us because there are very few whites who would allow you to stick your black fingers in their mouths?

  • truthteller - 2011-03-15 14:59

    & all of you said its black people you hypocryts you quite now ...sis

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-15 15:41

      All white are big hypocrites, they are so quiet now.

      Mikus - 2011-03-16 06:51

      what you and paul say is intrinsically true however, before giving yourselves a deductive high five consider for a moment that one in ten million does not a hypocrite make

      Picasso - 2011-03-16 07:21

      They seems coloured, so they still have your black genes, as with the majority of people in SA (according to Max du Preez), at least that explains the violent nature of our citizens.

  • BRONZE - 2011-03-15 15:00

    I knew the artist's death was a hit, being burnt didn't sound 'typical' hijack style. I suggest this guy get Shabir's lawyer and get himself booked into a hospital.

  • CharlSkeptic - 2011-03-15 15:07

    Contrary to polular belief, Money and not Women, are the root of all evil...

      Janine - 2011-03-15 15:14

      Actually it's the love of money that is the root of all evil.

      CharlSkeptic - 2011-03-15 15:24

      I stand corrected.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-15 15:42

      Lack of money is a root cause of all evil

      Felix - 2011-03-15 15:43

      woman = time x money time = money so woman = money^2 and since money is the root of evil therefore woman = evil :) Jokes

  • kotzepm - 2011-03-15 15:10

    The case of depressed Shrien Dewani springs to mind..

  • Nice Guy - 2011-03-15 15:25

    I am also depressed. Can i kill someone as well?

      Picasso - 2011-03-16 07:26

      Just remember to be suicidal afterwards, then everybody feels sorry for you, book you in at a hospital and will probably have your jail time in a hospital, or you might even get early parole as being terminally ill.

  • ebdg3000 - 2011-03-15 15:27

    So, as usual, the courts will first be tied up for months while the bail application hearings are heard and reheard. In the meantime court documents and evidence will go missing, witnesses will be intimidated, maybe even bumped off. What a joke! The murder victim, family and friends deserve more than this farcical excuse for justice.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-15 15:46

      So you must always find somebody to blame

  • DW - 2011-03-15 16:46

    So put him in hospital - if it is ok for Shaik, why not other prisoners. Start a new rage - plead depression and get out of jail free!

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-15 23:56

    As one of our respected and honured black reporters recently pointed out in the media, photo's of convicted people cannot be publicised UNTIL they are officially convicted, BUT THERE IS THE CATCH. Have any of you ever seen a picture of a convicted criminal, except all of the leadership currently that is. Maybe this can be part of the 5 million sustainable jobs - photography of convicts published into every media. Many entrepreneurs stand to make fotunes with teh volumes of violent and other crime we have here at home and it will be a never ending profession. Call it "Madame Zuma's House of Cards"

  • Gert - 2011-03-16 16:47

    These guys are shaming us as Afrikaners,blacks will think we are also a bunch of criminals

  • onetickie - 2011-03-16 21:42

    Just cannot understand the system where suspects/murder accused are on suicide watch. I mean if they were innocent they would not commit suicide but if they they're guilty the prospect of jail would surely be a nicer option so why stop them doing what they want. It would save a lot of wasted time and money if he/she/it wants to kill themself. Let him/her/it do it.

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