Party killings: 3 for court

2004-08-30 16:49

Johannesburg - A shooting that left four dead at a bachelor party in Krugersdorp will result in two separate trials of three accused in Johannesburg High Court.

The March 21 incident at the Lion's Den pub is thought to be a revenge attack.

According to court documents made available on Monday, Glenard Graham Dawes, 30, will stand trial on four murder charges and seven lesser charges, after the shooting of police inspector Julian Dry, former policemen Richus Wiebenberg and Richard Selepe, and pub owner Simon Pretorius.

It is expected that when the other two accused - Ruben Richard Pennels, 28, and Charmaine Elizabeth Knoetze, 29 - stand trial on Monday, Dawes's trial date will be announced, possibly for October 4.

Pennels faces 10 of the same charges as Dawes, including the four for murder.

The only charge Dawes faces without Pennels involves one of pointing a firearm at a petrol attendant.

Pennels was apparently outside the pub when the incident took place.

Knoetze faces two charges - accessory after the fact of murder and defeating the ends of justice.

She allegedly telephoned the two others to tell them police were looking for them, and allegedly hid the firearms used in the murders.

None of the three have yet pleaded to the charges. However, they have appeared in Krugersdorp magistrate's court.