Winnie Rust murder: Accused still behind bars pending bail application

2016-06-07 10:38
Winnie Rust (Supplied)

Winnie Rust (Supplied)

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Wellington - The two men accused of the murder of writer Winnie Rust will spend another week behind bars as they make a formal bail application.

Nigel Plaatjies, 18, and his uncle Johannes Plaatjies, 34, are accused of killing the 77-year-old Rust in her Third Avenue, Uitsig home last month.

The teen, a star athlete who matriculated last year and was financially supported by Rust, and his co-accused made a brief appearance in the Wellington Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The case was postponed to June 13.

Locals maintained the teenager would never murder the respected writer, with whom he apparently shared a close relationship. Residents said there was "much more to this story".

"This boy's life is being destroyed. Just being implicated in this is going to ruin his future," one woman said.

"We know him. It's easy to spot a youngster with ill intentions. This boy is not a bad person. All of us here know that."

The author's husband, Dr Manie Rust, 87, woke up from the sound of the bell at the gate around 15:30 on the day of the murder. 

When he got up to see who was at the gate, he found his wife dead on the kitchen floor. She had injuries to her face and her hands and feet were bound.

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