Minister's alleged killers in court

2013-05-15 20:08

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Bloemfontein - Two men accused of the axe murder of Dutch Reformed Church minister Willem Brits, appeared in the Harrismith Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

The case against the reverend's adoptive son, Martin Brits, 28, and Elliot Mhlambi, 41, was postponed until 25 June, when a trial date would be set, and was transferred to the Free State High Court.

The two men face charges relating to the murder of Brits, 60, in his Harrismith home in November last year.

The minister's prospective son-in-law Gerhard Vermeulen, 25, was also killed in the attack. He was shot in the head and died on the scene.

Brits was wounded and taken to hospital, where he died the next day. His 59-year-old wife was wounded.

Martin Brits and Mhlambi served prison sentences in Frankfort last year - Mhlambi for hijacking and Brits for theft – police spokesperson Mmako Mophiring said.

Brits was out on parole at the time of the murder.

Mhlambi was arrested while walking on the N3 in bloodied clothes after the crimes.

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