Delay in Bruno Bronn murder trial

2013-07-29 13:19
Western Cape High Court (File)

Western Cape High Court (File)

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Cape Town - Three men accused of killing gay nightclub owner Bruno Bronn appeared in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

John Frederick Coetzee, Fareez Allie and Achmat Toffa appeared before Judge President John Hlophe, who said their trial would begin on 26 August.

It was to have started on Monday, but the court heard that a new lawyer had come on record for Toffa and would need time to prepare.

The men would appear in court again on 19 August to ensure they were ready for trial.

Coetzee is out on bail of R20 000 and Allie on bail of R5 000.

Toffa was granted bail in this matter, but remains in custody at Pollsmoor Prison on two unrelated charges.


Bronn, 50, was found murdered in his Green Point home on 7 February last year. According to the indictment, he was strangled and died of suffocation.

He owned the popular nightclubs Bronx and Navigaytion in Somerset Road, Green Point.

The men face charges of premeditated murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Both charges carry life sentences.

The State previously withdrew charges against a fourth accused, Kurt Erispe. The reason would be revealed in the trial.

The State said it had drawn up a list of 48 witnesses although not all would be called if the men made certain admissions ahead of their trial.

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