Sus­pect re­manded in cus­tody for mur­der of wife

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A FAURESMITH man has been re­manded in cus­tody, for the mur­der of his wife, whose head he al­legedly smashed with a rock.

Piet Booy­sen, 40, who aban­doned his bail ap­pli­ca­tion, ap­peared in the Fauresmith Mag­is­trate’s Court this week on a charge of mur­der.

The case was post­poned to Novem­ber 14 for a trial date.

On Septem­ber 10 at 2am, the sus­pect to­gether with his wife and a wit­ness, were walk­ing from Halfweg farm to Florence farm where they lived. It is re­ported that the three had been drink­ing at the farm which is also their place of work.

Along the way, the sus­pect started as­sault­ing his wife as he nor­mally did when they were drunk. The wit­ness tried to stop him but he did not stop the beat­ing.

The wit­ness then de­cided to leave them there be­cause, he said, the sus­pect picked up a rock and hit the vic­tim con­tin­u­ously on the head.

The body of Mag­dalena Rols, 30, was found the fol­low­ing day in the af­ter­noon along­side the road.

Booy­sen, who fled the scene, was ar­rested on Septem­ber 13 at Driebad farm. His first court ap­pear­ance was on Septem­ber 14 and 15, dur­ing which his bail ap­pli­ca­tion was de­nied.

Booy­sen was con­victed in 2010 for as­sault GBH for hit­ting his wife with a rock.

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