Cape Town triple murder trial set down for August

2015-05-11 14:50
The Western Cape High Court in Cape Town. (Paul Herman, News24)

The Western Cape High Court in Cape Town. (Paul Herman, News24)

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Cape Town - A man charged with shooting his wife and two men dead before allegedly setting his mother-in-law’s house alight, is set to go on trial in August.

Jan Silvister, wearing a yellow shirt and brown pants, appeared before Western Cape High Court Judge President John Hlophe on Monday morning.

Prosecutor Maria Marshall asked that the matter be postponed until August 3. Hlophe granted the request and ordered that Silvister remain in custody until then.

Silvister was led out of courtroom 26 in chains and smiled at family members who filed out in front of him.

He faces seven charges, including murder, assault and arson.

During October 2013, Silvister allegedly assaulted his wife Ellen by punching her in their Delft home, which was owned by her parents. She reported the assault to police.

A month later, she decided to move in with her mother Katrina Jansen in Tafelsig.

On December 19, Silvister allegedly arrived at the Tafelsig house and entered a wendy house that was occupied by tenant Jonathan Afrikaner.

The State alleges that Silvister had an argument with his estranged wife in the wendy house and shot both her and Afrikaner dead.

After the first shot was fired, Ellen’s brother Donald Natus ran to the wendy house to investigate and was also shot dead.

Ellen Silvister died as a result of gunshot wounds to the chest and head, while Afrikaner died from shots to the chest and abdomen, and Natus, from a shot to the chest.

According to the summary of facts, Silvister allegedly made informal admissions to a friend and was said to be linked to the crimes through cellphone records.

On December 31, 2013, the mother's house burnt down. The State alleges that Silvister set the house alight. 

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