New facts expected to be revealed in Winnie Rust murder case

2016-09-19 11:43
Winnie Rust (Supplied)

Winnie Rust (Supplied)

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Cape Town - New facts are expected to be revealed next month in the murder case of Afrikaans author Winnie Rust when one of the accused reapplies for bail.

Eighteen-year-old Nigel Plaatjies' newly appointed attorney, Paul Marais, informed the court that the athlete, his mother Lien and two other witnesses would be called to testify on October 14.

New evidence would be presented, Marais told Magistrate Brenda Mpako.

Nigel and his uncle Johannes Plaatjies are accused of killing Rust in her Third Avenue, Uitsig, home on May 11, while her husband slept upstairs.

Police believe Rust was killed in a burglary gone wrong.

According to the State, the majority of the investigation has been completed.

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The pair were denied bail in June when Magistrate Alvin Saptoe ruled that the State had a strong prima facie case. The two did not give evidence during their bail application.

According to investigating officer Cornelius de Lange, Nigel denied being at the author's home on the day of her murder. A witness insisted that they had seen him at the scene that day.

His mother was the domestic worker of Rust's daughter. Rust had paid for Nigel's school fees and sports activities since he was in Grade 7 and the athletics star regularly visited her at her home.

Rust's husband, Dr Manie Rust, 87, found her body when he was woken by the ringing of the gate bell at 15:30. She was on the kitchen floor and had injuries to her face. She had been strangled and her hands and feet were bound.

Nigel was arrested two days after Rust's murder. His fingerprints were reportedly found on a table alongside the 77-year-old's body.

De Lange said Nigel had later given a statement to police that Johannes had forced him to "help him with a burglary".

He claimed he was told to keep Rust occupied while Johannes stole valuables.

Two laptops, rings, and a handbag were stolen from the author's home.

Drug loans

Nigel allegedly used her bank card at an ATM for three transactions valued at R5 000 and her credit card for purchases in Paarl.

Johannes, 34, was arrested the Sunday following Rust's murder. He had allegedly sold one of the laptops and had pawned the rings at a Wellington second-hand dealer.

According to the teenager, his uncle had forced him to take part in the robbery because he needed cash to pay off drug loans.

Apparently, had Nigel not helped him, Johannes would have had his nephew killed.

The State however dismissed this claim as unlikely.

If convicted, the two could face life behind bars.

Nigel has no prior convictions, while Johannes had been convicted of a string of crimes, including housebreaking, eight theft convictions, two for assault and two for drunken driving.

He pleaded not guilty to armed robbery and murder. Johannes is yet to plead.

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