Murder accused may be in danger if bailed
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