Mur­der ac­cused may be in dan­ger if bailed

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MUR­DER ac­cused Retief Lieben­berg’s life could be en­dan­gered if he is granted bail, the Benoni Mag­is­trate’s Court heard.

“The fam­ily of the de­ceased are very emo­tional about the crime. The ac­cused could face dan­ger if granted bail,” in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer War­rant Of­fi­cer Peter Mbo­nani tes­ti­fied yes­ter­day.

Lieben­berg, of Benoni, Joburg, was ar­rested last Thurs­day in con­nec­tion with the shoot­ing of his daugh­ter Chevonne’s boyfriend, 19-yearold Dewalt “Poena” Visser, and the teenager’s father Dewalt, 46, in his home.

Lieben­berg, who faces two counts of mur­der, was ap­ply­ing for bail.

Lieben­berg, who wore a blue shirt, a tie, and a check­ered jacket sat mo­tion­less in the dock as he lis­tened to pro­ceed­ings. Mbo­nani tes­ti­fied that Lieben­berg shot and killed Visser se­nior and his son at his home.

The mur­der scene had been tam­pered with, he told the court.

Mar­ius van Wyn­gaardt, for Lieben­berg, asked Mbo­nani how he could make this claim when he had not yet seen the bal­lis­tics re­port.

Mbo­nani said one could clearly see at the scene that Lieben­berg, af­ter shoot­ing Visser se­nior, con­tin­ued shoot­ing as he went into the house and fol­lowed Visser ju­nior. who had run to the kitchen.

“The bul­let holes and marks on the walls showed that the ac­cused con­tin­ued to shoot. Some of the bul­lets grazed the walls,” he said.

Van Wyn­gaardt told Mbo­nani he was mis­lead­ing the court. Mag­is­trate Ian Cox sug­gested to Van Wyn­gaardt that he wait for the bal­lis­tics re­port be­fore he asked about the scene, as it was ob­vi­ous he did not be­lieve Mbo­nani.

Van Wyn­gaardt in­sisted he pro­ceed as Mbo­nani had in­spected the scene and seen pho­tographs taken of it.

“There is a pos­si­bil­ity that what the pho­tographs show could dif­fer from what bal­lis­tic ex­perts come up with,” Cox told Van Wyn­gaardt.

Cox post­poned the mat­ter to November 15 for bal­lis­tics ev­i­dence to be made avail­able to the court. He al­lowed Van Wyn­gaardt’s plea with the court to have his client re­main at the Benoni po­lice sta­tion cells, and not at a prison cell.

Lieben­berg needed to re­ceive treat­ment for de­pres­sion as or­dered by the clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist in an af­fi­davit pre­sented in court, he said.

“My client’s con­di­tion could fur­ther worsen and he might not stand trial if placed in a prison cell… it would be dif­fi­cult to ren­der him the treat­ment he needs.” – Sapa

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