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Terblanche bail application nears its end

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The accused in the Vicki Terblanche murder case in the Gqeberha Magistrate’s Court during an earlier appearance. From left: Reinhardt Leach, Dylan Cullis and Arnold Terblanche.
The accused in the Vicki Terblanche murder case in the Gqeberha Magistrate’s Court during an earlier appearance. From left: Reinhardt Leach, Dylan Cullis and Arnold Terblanche.
Photo: CANDICE BEZUIDENHOUT

The bail application of Arnold Terblanche, the Nelson Mandela Bay business man accused of conspiring to murder his estranged wife, Vicki Terblanche, is drawing to a close.

Terblanche (55), who spent the festive season behind bars, appeared in court again today, January 20, to continue his bail application.

During today's court appearance, the psychologist treating Terblanche's 12-year-old son, Rozanne Gowar, testified and was cross-examined by state prosecutor, adv. Marius Stander, concluding the matter.

However, since her testimony related to a minor child, Magistrate Kriban Pillay made a ruling that Gowar's testimony cannot be published in the media.

Gowar and a social worker have been asked to compile reports to establish who would be fit to take care of the child that Terblanche shared with Vicki. The child currently resides with Terblanche's girlfriend.

Meanwhile, it was revealed in court that Terblanche had terminated the services of one of his legal representatives, Danie Gouws. He will now be represented by Alwyn Griebenow. Adv. Francois Van Zyl SC also still forms part of his legal team.

"I intend to withdraw in this matter," Gouws told the court.

"My mandate was terminated mid-January. I still assisted Mr Griebenow with getting the report, etc. Mr Griebenow will now take over," he added.

The case was postponed until tomorrow.

Terblanche's co-accused, Vicki's boyfriend, Reinhardt Leach (32) and Dylan Cullis (24), were also present in court, both sporting new, very short haircuts.

They had abandoned their bid for bail.

The three face charges ranging from murder and the conspiracy to commit murder after Vicki's body was found in a shallow grave in October 2021.

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