Stellenbosch doctor's murder case to resume

2015-05-17 19:37

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - The defence for a man accused of killing Dr Louis Heyns is expected to call its first witness in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

Marthinus van der Walt, 34, has pleaded not guilty to hijacking, kidnapping, and murdering the paediatrician in May 2013.

On Friday, the trial took a surprising turn when the State decided to close its case instead of calling his brother Sarel, 43, as a witness.

Last year, Sarel van der Walt pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to the murder and theft. He reached a plea bargain with the State and is currently serving a seven-year-sentence, with the understanding that he would testify as a State witness.

Prosecutor Samantha Raphaels did not say on Friday why she was not calling him to the stand, but told Judge Andre le Grange that she was making Sarel available to the defence as a witness.

A forensic pathologist testified on Wednesday that Heyns died due to blunt trauma involving the head, neck, chest, abdomen and extremities, with contributing manual and ligature strangulation.

Marthinus van der Walt claimed in his plea explanation that he hit Heyns with his fist and kicked him but did not intend to kill the doctor. He took his car after discovering that Heyns was dead.

The doctor’s body was found in a shallow grave in the sand, near a putt-putt course in Strand.

A third suspect, Malmesbury businessman and scrapyard owner Juan Liedeman, pleaded guilty to a charge of not having reasonable cause to believe the stolen car was properly acquired. Louis’ car was found by police in his possession.

He also entered a plea bargain and sentencing agreement and was handed a R10 000 fine or five years behind bars. Half the fine and sentence were reportedly suspended for five years on condition that he not be convicted of a similar crime.

Read more on:    louis heyns  |  cape town  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


5 top leg exercises for men

Here’s our selection of the five best leg exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home.


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content this holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.