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Rugby attack accused in ID parade

2013-04-08 07:26

Johannesburg - Four of the five men accused of beating a former Royal Marine to death outside a rugby match in Durban are expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Monday for their formal bail application.

At the men's last court appearance on Thursday, one of the five was released on R2 000 bail.

Magistrate Vanitha Armu ordered that the names and pictures of the five men not be published. They are accused of beating Brett Williams, 29, to death at a Super XV match in Durban last month.

The four still awaiting their bail hearing each face a murder charge. All five face charges of crimen injuria and assault with the intention to commit grievous bodily harm.

Prosecutor Krishen Shah told the court: "By Monday the State will have formulated its stance with regard to a bail application.

The four facing murder charges have been held at the Durban North police station.

Armu ordered that all five report for an identity parade on Monday morning before appearing in court again in the afternoon.

The Mercury newspaper on Friday reported that the men's lawyers agreed to help find 25 look-alikes for the identity parade.

Comments
  • deon.duplessis.144 - 2013-04-08 07:31

    Shameful embarrassment to S.A and rugby

      Marco Hudson - 2013-04-08 07:52

      oops...occurance rather!

  • Marnus Lamprecht - 2013-04-08 08:25

    If you turned yourself in to the police why the need for a ID parade? Doesnt showing up to a police station saying I was involved in the mentioned crime sort of identify you as being involved?

      Natalie Stevenson - 2013-04-08 11:08

      Totally agree with Marnus , handing yourself over to the police is proof enough! So much time has being wasted!

      Dennis Maruma Mathinjwa - 2013-04-08 11:22

      Even if you plead guilty to a charge the court still has to verify that you committed the crime. You could have been paid by the perpetrator to plead guilty.

  • Nicholas Glen - 2013-04-08 08:42

    How long has it been? Surely this ID parade could have been done sooner, so that the images of the "attackers" are still fresh in the witnesses heads?

  • Ben - 2013-04-08 08:43

    This country's rugby is quickly changing into a hooligan sport.

      Chris Clark - 2013-04-08 09:31

      drugs and deceipt

  • Ari Potah - 2013-04-08 08:53

    What persuaded the magistrate to rule that these scumbags should not be identified???

  • Mark - 2013-04-08 09:19

    Excellent! !!! At least have been caught and will pay for their actions. Well done!

      Wally Wal - 2013-04-08 19:44

      COWARDS!!! 5 against 1

  • Correen Walker - 2013-04-08 10:58

    We really do things differently in this beautiful country that we live in. Anywhere else and these guys would have already been put away for life.

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