Court rules son didn't kill dad

2012-04-24 10:06

George - A 20-year-old man walked out of court a free man after he was acquitted of killing his father, farmer Koos van Zyl, 40.

Kosie van Zyl said he was relieved at the verdict, reported Die Burger.

Van Zyl had been accused of shooting and killing his father in their farmhouse in Stilbaai in December 2009.

During the trial in the George Magistrate's Court, the court had heard how Van Zyl had been abused, physically and verbally, by his father. He also left school early to help his father work on the farm.

At one point he testified that he had not pulled the trigger, and that his mother had told him to confess to the murder.

Regional magistrate Eugenie Jacobs said no gun powder residue had been found on Van Zyl’s hands and it was therefore reasonably possible that he did not fire the gun.

She said the court was not convinced that Van Zyl was the killer. There were no witnesses, and the State's case was based on circumstantial evidence.

She said Van Zyl had impressed her as a witness, but his mother had not, as she had feared the deceased and had had an extra-marital affair.

"A shot was fired, but by whom?" Jacobs asked

Van Zyl told reporters he would go back to farming in Stilbaai and would take each day as it came.

  • Kala - 2012-04-24 10:24

    "A shot was fired, but by whom?" Jacobs asked A very good question indeed. If he is not the killer then that means there is still a killer at large but the trail would now have grown cold. Maybe another episode for "The Cold Case Files"?

      madsipho - 2012-04-24 10:41

      \A shot was fired, we believed it was from the ALIEN\

      Foc - 2012-04-24 11:00

      Oh gosh now they going to phone Piet Byl to work his 'magic' .... *sigh*

      Rob - 2012-04-24 11:05

      Why release the boy, before finding out more facts regarding the actual killer ? Very strange indeed. Really does not add up. Is there some legal expert who is able to explain this as it is clear that the " boy " knows who the killer is.

      Rob - 2012-04-24 11:37

      The actual killer or his family members must be giving me the thumbs down !

      Tanie - 2012-04-24 11:53

      If it was on my command rob I would turn those thumbs up your? You like attention

      Vernon - 2012-04-24 12:14

      or piet.....

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-24 10:29

    Oh no........

      bluzulu - 2012-04-24 10:49

      What about your whereabouts Gestapo?

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-24 13:36

      I swear it wasnt me, I was here watching you make a fool out of yourself on the only one that thinks your insignificant comments are great.....

  • Rob - 2012-04-24 10:36

    The mother ?

      Rob - 2012-04-24 11:02

      Gestoffle. LOL. Sad thing is you are not wrong about the stats & our jails are packed with ANC voters, thats why there is no death penalty. Dead men cant vote.....or maybe they can, anything is possible in sa.

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-24 11:58

      Oh no Rob, sadly my comment got deleted, mainly because it was the truth....and that there is an CNA shopkeeper on duty at news24 today.

  • Stephan - 2012-04-24 10:37

    My money is on the mother or her lover

      Gordon - 2012-04-24 10:41

      ever heard of libel and slander?

      bluzulu - 2012-04-24 10:47

      libel is slander....

  • Peter - 2012-04-24 10:46

    Can you get gunshot residue on your hands when firing a rifle? I know Koos was shot with a rifle as he was one of my customers and his friends(also customers) told me on the day it happened.I think the youngster is very,very lucky.

      Jean - 2012-04-24 10:54

      yes peter, in fact any weapon fired leaves residue, be it ever slight on hands and clothing. for when a round is fired the ignition in the chamber disperces the gunpoder outward in a sort of circular pattern. taking into consideration that to fire a rifle you need both hands, the answer will always be a positive...

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-04-24 10:47

    The media should be fined for what they've put this kid through. "Oh we didn't say he DID it..." "No but you continued to IMPLY his involvement" Shame on you!

  • Sulette Behnke - 2012-04-24 10:52

    I'm just happy he got out of this. This boy grew up so violently and it's sad to think he might not have known any better. Things we take for granted , he never had. I blame the mother for more than the shooting , she is his protective figure and for years did nothing to protect him from his father and grandmothers harsh cold ways of upbringing. Together all of them ruined this boys life, and scarred him badly

  • anthro45 - 2012-04-24 11:49

    Why is he a 20 year old man? Julius is 30 years old and he is a youth.

      Tanie - 2012-04-24 12:31

      Mental capacity of a farmer anthro, is youth equivalent until they turn 85 to 86years...That is why you will also realise that at around the same age.For now you are adolescent in thinking and questioning.

  • Antipoaching - 2012-04-24 11:50

    follow the money....... and the trail of deceit, abuse and lies.... the wife maybe? Why would she "tell" her son to confess? "At one point he testified that he had not pulled the trigger, and that his mother had told him to confess to the murder."

  • Wally - 2012-04-24 12:51

    If you do not know Criminal Law then rather keep quiet about the process. The Reg Crt Mgte ruled on the evd before her. If the State disagrees let it appeal the decision as it is entitled to. @ Rob: The boy is entitled to a verdict once evd was heard. The trial was concluded and the Crt has a duty to either convict or acquit on what is before it and by applying the rules of procedure, evidence and so forth. You cannot now detain him in the hope of finding better evidence. I do not hope this is the end of it all. I believe this boy holds the key to what, why and who. May justice be served.

  • Sulette Behnke - 2012-04-24 13:13

    If you read the whole story and followed all evidence as well as the deceased grueling grip on his household, this is actually a joyous outcome. It has nothing to do with politics and there's no need in being nasty. The real killer will be caught. And I'm happy that justice will be done ( once again). I'm happy because the son has been a victim since birth and grew up in terrible circumstances. If they lock up the mother for the fathers death it would be great.They should have locked her up for not protecting her children in the first place. The father shouldve been locked up to for abuse. Fortunately for him he "got away" with it, and died.

  • joe.spirit - 2012-04-24 13:27

    I think the mother knows who did it or maybe she did it herself and being the type of parent she is, didn't want to take the fall for it and asked her son to confess to pulling the trigger. Either way Koos deserves justice and one day someone will slip up and say who did it. For now I am happy that the young man is out and I would suggest he goes for counselling. Both for his past hurts and this very trial.

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