Suspect remanded in custody for murder of wife
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.