Graveyard murder-accused fit for trial

2012-04-16 18:50

Bloemfontein - Welkom graveyard murder-accused Maartens van der Merwe is fit to stand trial, the Free State High Court heard on Monday.

The State said his third psychological evaluation report had been completed. Van der Merwe was sent to Pretoria central prison where a psychologist examined him. His defence team confirmed he was fit to stand trial.

Van der Merwe was brought to Bloemfontein after a circuit court judge could not attend the case in Virginia.

The matter was postponed to October 29 for trial.

Van der Merwe is accused of helping Charne van Heerden murder and dismember Michael Van Eck, 23, at a Welkom cemetery in April 2010.

His trial was separated from Van Heerden's last year. He has yet to enter a plea.

Van Heerden was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years behind bars on November 25, after being convicted of killing and dismembering Van Eck.

Some of Van Eck's remains were found in a shallow grave at the cemetery, while others - including his facial skin, an eye, and his ears - were found in the couple's fridge. Other body parts were found in a cupboard and in their garden.

  • Irene - 2012-04-16 19:09

    This sicko must be removed from society PERMANENTLY.

  • Tony - 2012-04-16 19:19

    this savage should be sent to some cannible tribe as a present.

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-16 19:20

    These are psychopath Savages.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-16 20:31

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-16 23:23

      For once Bluzulu, I agree with you! YAY (does a cartwheel).

      Thato - 2012-04-17 10:13

      van der Merwe, van Heerden…..van Eck- why am I not surprised…

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-16 20:02

    There can be absolutely no reason why she should not be put to death. She will never be able to live a normal life. They should just slip a needle into her arm... Like a few other sickos I can think of!

  • Helio - 2012-04-16 20:29

    Folks these two deserve nothing less than to be executed, and definitely not the 'humane' way, FIRING SQUAD.

  • Jaco - 2012-04-16 22:56

    i lived in their street where they buried everything, shocking!

  • Manu - 2012-04-17 06:59

    SA justice just boggles my mind. You kill somebody, dismember them, skin their head ... for this you get 20 years in jail You kill your parents ... for this you get 12 years in jail You plant the idea of murdering a person ... for this you are sentenced to jail for two life times You rape somebody ... for this you are sentenced to jail for two life times What am I missing here???

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-17 07:20

      That it's more ok to kill someone than to rape them, but then only sometimes ...

      Manu - 2012-04-17 09:53

      Bless Bowsell, are you suggesting that I am saying that rape is better than murder? If so then that is a senseless suggestion.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-17 09:51

    Why only 20 years? what is it going to take to get proper sentences issued to animals who should be put down.

  • Thato - 2012-04-17 10:10

    van der Merwe, van Heerden…..van Eck- why am I not surprised…

      malette.snyman - 2012-10-30 11:11

      LOL check this Thato wanker looking for attention 'cause no-one answered him the first time, hahahah!!!!!

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