Case of Spanish dad accused of twins' Hout Bay murders goes to High Court

2017-10-27 12:33
Wynberg Magistrate's Court. (Jenni Evans, News24)

Wynberg Magistrate's Court. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town – The case of Spanish dentist Mario-César Deus Yela, accused of murdering his twins, was transferred to the Western Cape High Court from the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Magistrate Goolam Bawa agreed to the transfer and set the date of November 24 for a pre-trial conference.

Deus Yela, who is represented by top lawyer Advocate William Booth, faces two charges of murder after his ex-wife Julia Engelhorn found their twins, Octavia and Maximo, dead at a holiday complex in Hout Bay on April 6. 

He was also accused of the theft of her white Toyota Prado, and of allegedly threatening to stab her.

-Read: Spanish dad accused of murdering twins in SA denied bail

The court has heard that he invited her for lunch and when she arrived he told her he had killed their 3-year-old twins.

To her horror she found them dead in the bedroom.

A third child was at school at the time.

Deus Yela allegedly threatened Engelhorn with a knife, but she managed to evade him and ran to the security guard for help.

The accused remains in custody.

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