Heyns mur­der ac­cused may face trial-within-a-trial

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - FA­TIMA SCHROEDER

CON­FES­SIONS made by two brothers, ac­cused of the mur­der of Stel­len­bosch aca­demic Dr Louis Heyns, are ex­pected to be chal­lenged when the case goes to trial in the Western Cape High Court.

This emerged in the high court yes­ter­day dur­ing the pre­trial con­fer­ence of the brothers, Marthi­nus and Sarel van der Walt, and their co-ac­cused, Malmes­bury busi­ness­man Juan Liede­man.

It was the first time the case was called in the high court since the body of Heyns, an aca­demic and Tyger­berg pae­di­a­tri­cian, was found buried in a shal­low grave in Strand on May 30 last year – about a week af­ter he went miss­ing.

His ve­hi­cle, a Peu­geot 308, was found at Liede­man’s busi­ness premises in Malmes­bury. It had been cut up and the parts had been de­stroyed.

Liede­man faces a charge of rob­bery as an ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact, and another charge of de­feat­ing the ends of jus­tice, while the Van der Walt brothers have been charged with rob­bery and mur­der.

It is al­leged that Liede­man tried to dis­man­tle Heyns’s stolen ve­hi­cle – sold to him by the brothers – to de­stroy and con­ceal ev­i­dence.

In court yes­ter­day, State ad­vo­cate Sa­man­tha Raphels told Cape Judge Pres­i­dent John Hlophe that the brothers, who are both in cus­tody, were not present be­cause they had been taken to the Som­er­set West Mag­is­trate’s Court in­stead of the high court in the city cen­tre. Judge Hlophe was told that there was a like­li­hood that tri­als-within-a-trial would be held in con­nec­tion with the con­fes­sions and a scene point­ing-out.

He warned the de­fence, how­ever, to watch footage of both the con­fes­sions and the point­ing- out, and to take proper in­struc­tions to de­ter­mine whether a trial-within-atrial was nec­es­sary.

The case was post­poned to Fe­bru­ary 7 for another pre-trial con­fer­ence.

PIC­TURE: LEON LESTRADE

IN THE DOCK: Malmes­bury busi­ness­man Juan Liede­man at the Western Cape High Court, where he faces charges af­ter the mur­der of Stel­len­bosch doc­tor Louis Heyns.

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