Man accused of killing wife, kids appears in court

2016-02-26 13:30
Fanie Du Preez appears in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court. (Wim Pretorius, News24)

Fanie Du Preez appears in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court. (Wim Pretorius, News24)

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Vanderbijlpark - A man accused of killing his wife and two children appeared briefly in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Fanie du Preez's trial was postponed until April 11, when a date for a High Court trial was expected to be set. Du Preez would remain in custody until then.

Members of both families were present in the courtroom.

Du Preez appeared relaxed in blue jeans and blue and white checked shirt with a white collar. When he got into the dock he greeted his family with a wave, before staring straight ahead for the remainder of his appearance.

His family waved back. There was no communication between him and his wife's family.

Du Preez has been behind bars since December 2015, after the court rejected his bail application. He allegedly shot and killed his wife, Thea, 43, and their two children, Carlia, 17, and Phillip, 14, in the early hours of Thursday, December 3.

In a recent development, Du Preez said he no longer needed legal aid as his family had appointed Jaco van Wyk as his lawyer.

A list of possible State witnesses would be handed to the court at his next appearance,

The court heard during the bail application that Du Preez had given the police three different versions of what had happened the night his family was murdered. 

He first told police that robbers committed the murders. Later he blamed Nigerian drug lords. Then he blamed Lebanese drug lords.

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