Manse murder: Claim suspects met in jail

2012-11-12 18:48

Johannesburg - Two men, one of them the son of a murdered clergyman, appeared in the Harrismith Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Martin Brits, 28, and Elliot Mhlambi, 41, face charges relating to the murder of Dutch Reformed Church reverend Willem Brits, 60, in Harrismith on Thursday.

His future son-in-law Gerhard Vermeulen, 25, was also killed in the attack in the reverend's home.

According to OFM the two suspects met each other in prison in Frankfort, where Martin did time for fraud. The details of Mhlambi's criminal record are unknown to police at this stage.

Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said the men were not asked to plead. Mhlambi requested legal aid.

Mophiring, says Martin is expected to submit an admission of guilt soon, but not Mhlambi, according to OFM.

The cleric was in the living room with his wife, his son and Vermeulen when three intruders entered.

The assailants locked Martin Brits in the bathroom. He was not hurt.

Vermeulen was shot in the head and died on the scene. The reverend was wounded and was taken to hospital where he died on Friday morning.

His 59-year-old wife Dorothea was also taken to hospital, and was treated for injuries.

OFM reported that she remains in a critical condition in the Bloemfontein Mediclinic.

Mhlambi was arrested on Friday when police found him walking on the N3 in bloodied clothes.

He was found in possession of five cellphones and an unlicensed firearm. One of the phones belonged to the family.

Martin Brits, who was reportedly an adopted son of the murdered clergyman, was arrested on Friday after a lengthy police interrogation.

Both men will remain behind bars until their next appearance on 19 November.

Mhlambi faces charges of murder, attempted murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and robbery.

  • keith.f.murphy - 2012-11-12 19:13

    Stone them both !!

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-12 19:22

    They kill and steal hoping to accuse someone else for having done it.oh clever dumbies.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-12 19:35

    life is cheap in South Africa!! I hope they rot in jail FOREVER!!!!! Please bring back the death penalty we need it in this country!!!!

  • louisjacobus.vanas - 2012-11-12 20:06

    Kill both of them. RSA is a safeheaven for criminals. We as taxpayers have to pay for them for the rst of theirlives. They will enjoy a luxury room in jail. Hang them.

  • kasper.mbayi2 - 2012-11-12 20:19

    It's a pity we don't have a strong justice in this country. That's there's a lot of hitmen in our country if there was a death penalty. There would be no hitmen.Because these hitmen they never quarrel with their victims they don't even know them. But because of weak law of our country

  • lynda.pitcher.1 - 2012-11-12 20:43

    Scum of the Earth......hang them

  • barries.barnard.520 - 2012-11-12 21:49

    Hi sterkte aan die famielie en laat die gereg sy loop loop. Ds Willem was my se Ds en het verlde jaar begrawe. Ek dink aan julle Kerken Berg gemeente.

  • skiapas - 2012-11-12 23:00

    Do not adopt children at birth 'cos you do not know where-/ or what kind of people the parents were- their genetic "make-up" doesn't change even if you give them a good up-bringing.

  • michelle.h.koekemoer - 2012-11-13 07:51

    "The details of Mhlambi's criminal record are unknown to police at this stage" HUH? surely not? Is there not some national data-base where this information is stored or are they waiting for the criminal to tell them what his record is!

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-11-13 11:29

    If you can so kill people known to you as "parents" you deserve to rot in jail! You are a sick human being and deserve everything coming your way! Both of these sick cold blooded criminals should spend the rest of their lives in misery and suffering!

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