Siblings' alleged killers granted bail

2013-02-06 08:19

Johannesburg - Two men accused of the brutal murder of two siblings in Northcliff were released on bail by the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court, The Star newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Kenneth Schroder, 53, and Paul Mundel, 39, were each granted bail of R15 000.

Siblings Gary Smith and Karen Buchanan were murdered in their home in March 2008. They were bound, gagged, had their teeth pulled out and darts thrown at them. Buchanan was raped. Both were shot.

The accused are facing charges of murder, rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and possession of a firearm.

According to The Star, magistrate Paul du Plessis said the two were not flight risks and there was minimal risk they would interfere with witnesses.

Du Plessis acknowledged the crimes were serious, but said "justice was not done on emotions but on the confines of the law".

He questioned the credibility of the witness who blew the whistle on the two accused in December, despite the murders being committed five years ago.

"[The question] is when, how and why these allegations were made if it could lead to a [successful prosecution]. The credibility of the witness must be regarded as suspect, and at worse, described as untruthful."

Schroder and Mundel were ordered to report to their respective police stations from Monday to Saturday as part of the bail conditions.

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2013-02-06 08:32

    For those who say there is no god, I ask you if there is a devil.

      josh.friedman.712 - 2013-02-06 09:25

      So they savagely murder their 'friends' for explosives and get granted bail..! Shouldnt be called a 'Justice System; if there isnt justice.. White trash that should be locked up for life!

      john.silver.3572846 - 2013-02-06 09:44

      The handy excuse for people who cannot control their own impulses or have no scruples.

      Rick.Gonzo.56 - 2013-02-06 09:49

      These mugs should be lynched!

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2013-02-06 10:24

      @john.silver.3572846: By your comment you suggest that this behavior is an impulse that is not controlled or suppressed by that individual. That would imply that this act is simple natural normal human behavior and that scares the crap out of me.

  • bless.boswell - 2013-02-06 08:33

    Of course there is a devil ... He lurks in everyone who would seek to anything that is good.

  • Mzondi Wakwa Maqina - 2013-02-06 08:46

    If they can afford R15grand, then they can afford a ticket out of SA.

  • morgan.pike.33 - 2013-02-06 08:48

    Disgusting!! Granted bail for murder! Well done SA, you're doing great!!

  • drishworth - 2013-02-06 08:51

    I can't say I have extensive knowledge of how the law works but surely the granting of bail should not be based on whether or not the accused are a flight risk but rather whether the accused are a safety risk to others. The gruesomeness of the crimes they are accused of surely means that these are cruel and violent people who have very little regard for human life and yet they are allowed to roam the streets? Puzzles me.

      kelly.asalde - 2013-02-06 12:55

      I agree! These disgusting criminals should be kept OUT OF SOCIETY...

  • Hemlock - 2013-02-06 09:01

    Disaster.....R15,000 bail ? These thugs will skip the country in the blink of an eye. They should not have been granted bail - end of story!

  • melucy.khoza - 2013-02-06 09:21

    If they're granted a bail that means our country's justice has been Murdered there is no is Justice in South Africa

  • melucy.khoza - 2013-02-06 09:21

    If they're granted a bail that means our country's justice has been Murdered there is no is Justice in South Africa

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-06 09:30

    How can people like this be out on bail?. What was it the one's girl friend said about being threatened?. Now we will probably wait another three years before they are sentenced and in the meantime they are enjoying the usual weekend braai.

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  • Spha - 2013-02-06 10:32

    the magistrate applied his mind "fairly,the crimes dates back 5 yrs ago n why is the witness blowing the whistle nw.

  • kamogelo.makomane - 2013-02-06 10:38

    Do we still have individuals hu blame or against mob justice? That's a brutal murder n ths ppl dnt deserve to b among us,, I will forever ssupport mob justice cus our judges lacks sumthing ,, they shud b brought here n castrated

  • jodi.kruger - 2013-02-06 10:42


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