Heyns's alleged killer admits to hitting, kicking deceased

2015-05-18 16:52

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Cape Town - A Stellenbosch doctor’s alleged killer conceded in the Western Cape High Court on Monday that it was possible to kill someone by assaulting them.

In his plea explanation, 35-year-old Marthinus van der Walt said he had hit and kicked Louis Heyns, 59, during an argument in Strand on May 22 2013, but had never intended to kill him.

A forensic pathologist found Heyns had died as a result of blunt trauma to the head, neck, chest, abdomen and extremities, with contributing manual and ligature strangulation.

Judge Andre Le Grange asked Van der Walt if he was aware that it was possible for a man to kill someone through assault.

“I have never seen that. It’s normally if it’s a bunch of people who do that,” Van der Walt testified in Afrikaans.

Prosecutor Samantha Raphaels asked if he knew death could be caused by kicking someone in the head and he said yes.

Not guilty plea

She asked the same about the chest and stomach, and he replied: “Perhaps if you hurt them very badly.”

“And when you assaulted the man at this stage all over his body, what did you think would happen?” she asked.

Van der Walt said he did not know what would happen and he was not thinking, having apparently been high and drunk at the time.

He has pleaded not guilty to hijacking, kidnapping and killing the doctor.

The drugs apparently made him aggressive and paranoid, and he fled in the doctor’s car because he was sure the police would not believe his version of events.

He said he panicked when he found a tag and items in the car identifying Heyns as a doctor.

He told Raphaels that he and his brother Sarel returned to the crime scene to bury Heyns in a shallow grave and tried to sell his car because they were scared of getting caught.

“Can we accept that night that you weren’t so confused that you didn’t know what you were doing?” she asked.

Sexual act

He replied that he could remember some things but not everything because his mind was not clear.

She said she found it interesting that he had been able to drive along treacherous mountain roads in his state.

The court had a final question about the alleged insult that apparently led to the deadly argument between Heyns and Van der Walt.

The accused had alleged that the doctor had brushed his hand over his pants and said: “You expect me to pay you but your penis won’t even get hard.”

Van der Walt was excused from the stand and his lawyer said they were closing their case.

The trial was postponed to Wednesday for closing arguments.

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