'It's not easy' - sister of slain Thea du Preez

2016-04-11 13:15

Vanderbijlpark - The family of Thea du Preez, who was killed with her two children, allegedly by her husband, said on Monday that it had been difficult to cope with the loss.

"It's not easy at all, but we are glad that a trial date has been set for this year, since we didn't expect it to be this soon," her sister, Ria Fouché, said outside the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s Court.

She and her sister Riana Coertze said the family has been going through a rough time, with the children going to counselling. They had struggled to get some of Thea's possessions back from Fanie du Preez's family.

Du Preez’s trail was set down to start in the High Court sitting in Vereeniging on October 10.

He made a brief court appearance on Monday morning. Members of both families were in the public gallery, but did not make any contact with each other and sat apart.

Du Preez has been behind bars since December, after the court rejected his bail application.

He allegedly shot Thea, 43, and their two children, Carlia, 17, and Phillip, 14, in their home.

The court heard during the bail application that Du Preez gave police three different versions of what took place the night of the murders. He first claimed robbers killed his wife and children. When he returned from the police station, he blamed Nigerian drug lords. A day later, he blamed Lebanese drug lords.

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