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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Fri­day, Septem­ber 9, 1966 —Artwell Bar­ry­more van Rooyen of Basil Road, Sauer­stown, Bu­l­awayo, pleaded guilty in Bu­l­awayo Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day to charges of at­tempt­ing to de­feat or ob­struct the course of jus­tice amid aid­ing and abet­ting Eric Owen Wil­son to en­ter Rhode­sia il­le­gally.

Win­son, the Natal farmer-pilot who is serv­ing a month’s jail sen­tence for il­le­gally en­ter­ing and leav­ing Rhode­sia, told the mag­is­trate, Mr Rod­ney M Woodrow that Van Rooyen had brought him to Rhode­sia in the boot of a car.

Win­son was un­smil­ing and ig­nored a wave from his wife as he was es­corted into the court by three po­lice­men. He told the court that in Au­gust he flew from Beira to Fran­cis­town where he ar­ranged to meet Van Rooyen.

He in­tended seek­ing work as a pilot in Zam­bia, but was fright­ened to en­ter Rhode­sia through le­gal chan­nels. “In 1960 I was ad­vised to leave the coun­try af­ter a busi­ness I was run­ning be­came in­sol­vent”, he said.

Win­son said he lived on a farm in the Nya­mandhlovu area for a few days. He heard po­lice were look­ing for him. “I de­cided it would be best to leave the coun­try”, he said.

He said Van Rooyen drove him to Wankie. A cousin of his, Roy du Plessis, had taken him across the Zam­bezi into Zam­bia.

Win­son de­nied in cross-ex­am­i­na­tion that Van Rooyen knew why the po­lice were seek­ing him (Win­son).

“The whole thing is my fault. He was just try­ing to help me out,” said Win­son.

Roy du Plessis, who was fined £25 or 25 days at Wankie Mag­is­trate’s Court, re­cently for leav­ing and en­ter­ing Rhode­sia il­le­gally, said that Win­son told him he had to get out of the coun­try be­cause the po­lice were af­ter him.

The case is to con­tinue on Septem­ber 26,Van Rooyen was re­manded out of cus­tody un­til then.

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