Winnie Rust murder accused back in court

2016-11-29 05:52
Nigel Plaatjies and Johannes Plaatjies, suspects in the Winnie Rust murder case. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Nigel Plaatjies and Johannes Plaatjies, suspects in the Winnie Rust murder case. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - Nigel Plaatjies and his uncle Johannes Plaatjies are expected back in the Wellington Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on charges of killing Afrikaans author Winnie Rust.

Rust was found dead in her home in Uitsig, Wellington, on May 11.

Rust had been paying for Nigel’s tuition and other fees related to his athletics training. His mother worked for Rust’s daughter.

The court had heard that the promising athlete regularly visited Rust.

Plaatjies was arrested two days after Rust's murder. His fingerprints were allegedly found on a table next to the 77-year-old's body. 

According to Plaatjies's statement, his uncle forced him to “help him with a burglary”. Plaatjies was to keep Rust occupied while his uncle stole valuables.

He had no prior convictions.

His uncle had convictions for a string of crimes, including one for housebreaking, eight for theft, two for assault, and two for drunk driving. He was yet to plead.

During court proceedings on Monday, Paul Marais, for Nigel Plaatjies, was unhappy that defence lawyer Lee Louw was not available to represent the uncle.

Marais told Magistrate Alvin Saptoe this was disadvantaging his client and causing further financial stress for the Plaatjies family.

Monday's postponement was the fourth time Plaatjies's second bail application had been postponed.


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