Man who allegedly killed Lichtenburg teen granted bail

2017-10-19 10:53
Jaco du Plooy appearing before the Lichtenburg Magistrate's Court. (Iavan Pijoos/News24)

Jaco du Plooy appearing before the Lichtenburg Magistrate's Court. (Iavan Pijoos/News24)

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Lichtenburg – The man who allegedly shot and killed 15-year-old Joseph Tshukudu in Lichtenburg, North West was granted bail in the town's magistrate's court on Thursday. 

"After considering all the factors, the court has decided that it is in the interest of justice to release the accused on bail," Magistrate Motlhopha Diale said. 

Jaco du Plooy was granted R20 000 bail.

He is charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder. 

The matter was postponed to November 30. 

At his last court appearance, Du Plooy said in his affidavit read out by his lawyer Peet du Plessis: "I am innocent... I am not violent."

Du Plooy alleged that the teenager was part of a violent crowd who intended on killing them.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said on October 10 that a man who was travelling in a white car, got out of his vehicle and opened fire on the group of protesters.

Captain Ratane Monyai, who testified during the bail application, told the court that Du Plooy fled the scene after realising what he had done.

"The deceased was hit in the forehead, between the eyes," Monyai said.

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