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Dominee's son: I killed my dad

2012-11-15 10:37

Bloemfontein - The son of a Free State reverend has confessed to killing his father, the Volksblad newspaper reported on Thursday.

Martin Brits, 28, made a confession before a Fouriesburg magistrate on Tuesday.

Brits, 28, and Elliot Mhlambi, 41, stand accused of killing Brits’ father, Reverend Willem Brits, 60, of the Dutch Reformed Church Kerkenberg, and his future son-in-law, Gerhard Vermeulen, 25.

The reverend was attacked with an axe and Vermeulen was shot dead on the evening of Thursday, November 8. His wife Dorothea, 59, was also attacked with an axe. The men’s case was postponed to November 19.

Bloemfontein Mediclinic spokesperson Amanda Appelgryn told the daily the woman was still in a critical condition.

The two men were earlier both in the Frankfort prison - Mlhambi for hijacking and Brits, who was released on parole last year, for theft.

A memorial service would be held at the Kerkenberg Dutch Reformed Church in Harrismith on Friday at 11:00.

Comments
  • john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-11-15 10:48

    sick no cure for this guy, give him an injection, the lethal kind, tax payers cant be supporting these no hopers for the rest of their lives.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-11-15 10:54

      I agree!!! One sick ba*tard, he derves to be attacked with an ax, by his own mother!!!

  • Elisha - 2012-11-15 10:52

    Heavy days. How does someone kill their own parents. These guys need to be hanged!

  • napolita.kio - 2012-11-15 10:58

    There surely is a psychiatrist somewhere out there to declare someone insane, abused a child, did not what he was doing, he's showing remorse, blah..blah... Now let's see who gets the longest sentence!

  • itumeleng.mogaki - 2012-11-15 11:20

    Lovely few comments.

  • Msika - 2012-11-15 11:23

    Oh really. Based on the comments that I read here when the story first errupted, you would swear that this crime was committed by a person of color. People here were calling for the ANC, Zuma, etc. Assumptions is a mother of all f!cked up, isn't???

      leroy.reynolds.353 - 2012-11-15 11:43

      bs, the minute this was released the police said they suspected it was his son(adopted), and another fact seeing as you brought it up, a person of color was involved!

      Msika - 2012-11-15 12:17

      Well, I was refering to comments that were made on the 1st article that N24 published. At the time no mention was made by police of the suspects axcept for one that was found on the N3 with five cellphones and one of those belonging to the family, but people here already had ideas of who to blame for the crime. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Clergyman-daughters-fiance-murdered-20121109

      briana.scott - 2012-11-15 12:26

      Hmmm... it clearly states that his partner in crime is, um,how do put it politically correctly - oh yes - a person of colour.

      Hamrammr - 2012-11-15 12:34

      Who is usually to be blamed msika?

  • patson.nedzamba - 2012-11-15 11:24

    Department of correctional services is failing us. Criminals must be permanently removed from society. If they were not paroled the reverend would be alive today

  • facts.peter - 2012-11-15 11:25

    Now get killed then. Why postpone the case?

  • jcoetzee1975 - 2012-11-15 11:28

    death penalty please

  • klipkop.degroote - 2012-11-15 11:39

    Check his thumb and pinkie nails! in the pic. Long, like crazy. Sicko.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-15 11:42

    Why would he have hated his father so much?.

  • Douglas Breakfast - 2012-11-15 11:52

    a 12 and 13 year olds were labeled inhuman and all funny names 4 gooing a brick. Naw a white bloody christian killed his dad.......... did Zuma send him or his black 4rend is framing him. Guys lets comment on extent and not based on race and/politics

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-15 12:27

      What!? Stop smoking that stuff man...

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