Four pushed past guards to get to Marine

2014-09-16 17:26
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Durban - Four men, one of them wearing a pink shirt, pushed past three security guards to get to former Royal Marine Brett Williams and beat him to death, a security guard told the Durban Regional Court on Tuesday.

"They were coming to beat the guy, the one who was sitting on the floor. Then we started stopping them, but they pushed past us with such force," said security guard Kazadi Tshingana.

He was giving evidence in the trial of Blayne Shepard, 23, his brother Kyle, 25, Andries van der Merwe, 23, and Dustin van Wyk, 23, who are accused of beating Williams to death outside Kings Park stadium on the night of 23 March last year after a rugby match.

The four each face a charge of murder, three of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and one of crimen injuria.

Tshingana said he and two other security guards responded to a call on 23 March that there was a fight, but when they reached the scene of the fight it was already over and paramedics were attending to a white male.

He said he and his two colleagues, whom he identified as Mike and David, started moving people away from the scene in a bid to give paramedics space to work.

He said his colleague David [Baoto Ifomba] was then verbally abused by a man looking for his chain.

It was then that he saw the group of four men.

He said that in the ensuing melee he and Ifomba were pushed to the ground.

He saw them kicking Williams, who was on the ground.

"I stood up to go and stop the beating, but they were very strong and they pushed me away again."

Paramedics then returned to treat Williams, but to no avail.

Asked if he could identify who had carried out the attack on Williams, he said he remembered that one of the men had a pink shirt.

"That's the only guy I can remember nicely," he said.

When on Tuesday he was handed a photo of people that had attended the rugby that night he pointed to the man in the pink shirt.

"The gentleman wearing this T-shirt was among those [who assaulted Williams]," said Tshingana pointing to a person in the photo.

Prosecutor Krishen Shas said: "The witness has pointed to accused one in exhibit G."

Accused one is Blayne Shepard.

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