Wellington – The mother of murder accused Nigel Plaatjies burst into tears as she waited to see her son before he was to be transported back to prison from the Wellington Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
In an emotional scene after the court case on Thursday -
where bail was denied - police allowed Lien Plaatjies to hug her son when she
ran to him as officers were bringing him out.
She fell over and cops had to stop him from helping her up.
The 18-year-old and his uncle Johannes Plaatjies were earlier denied bail, leading to anger and dissatisfaction from the courtroom filled with supporters of the teenager.
They are accused of killing much-loved Afrikaans author Winnie Rust in her Third Avenue, Uitsig home on May 11 while her husband slept upstairs.
Tensions further ran high after a photographer called the two "murderers" as they made their way from the dock.
Bail 'not in the interests of justice'
"Hy het nie gepleit nie. Hoe kan jy so iets sê? [He has
not pleaded. How can you say that]" a family friend shouted as the rest of
his supporters nodded and murmured in agreement.
Lien later fainted as she sobbed.
Magistrate Alvin Saptoe said their release would not be in the interest of justice and that both evidently had a case to answer to.
He said the State had a strong prima facie case against the two, while they chose not to give viva voce evidence (evidence given orally) during proceedings.
Rust had financially supported Nigel since he was in Grade 7.
Police believe she was killed in a burglary gone wrong.
Prosecutor Mornay Julius told the court Nigel had in a statement to police said his uncle had forced him to take part in the robbery because he needed cash to pay off drug loans, the State found this unlikely.
Ostensibly, had Nigel not helped him, Johannes would have had his nephew killed.
Two laptops, rings and a handbag were stolen from the author's home.
Rust's husband Dr Manie Rust, 87, found her body when the
bell at the gate rang 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. Johannes, 34, was arrested the following Sunday.
The case was postponed to August 12.