The Herald (South Africa)

Mur­der sus­pect in court

- Yolande Stander Crime · Incidents · Cape Town

A 30-YEAR-OLD man al­legedly linked to the macabre mur­der of a Mos­sel Bay res­i­dent whose body was found in a pool of blood in his flat on Sun­day, ap­peared in the Mos­sel Bay Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.

Quintin Seyf­fert briefly took his place in the dock on a charge of mur­der, but the mat­ter was post­poned to Au­gust 11when he will for­mally ap­ply for bail. In the mean­time, he re­mains in cus­tody at the Ge­orge cor­rec­tional cen­tre un­til his next court ap­pear­ance.

The mu­ti­lated body of 55year-old Daniel Bekker was dis­cov­ered in his Hei­derand Flats apart­ment in Essen­hout Street – just a stone’s through from the South Cape Col­lege Mos­sel Bay cam­pus and the Mos­sel Bay As­so­ci­a­tion for Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties – by po­lice on Sun­day.

A for­mer house­mate re­quested po­lice of­fi­cers to ac­com­pany him to the apart­ment to col­lect some of the be­long­ings he had left there when he was still liv­ing with Bekker.

When they opened the door, they made the grisly dis­cov­ery – Bekker was found on a blood­soaked bed in his bed­room.

His throat had been slashed and his wrists had been cut.

The scene was so grue­some the po­lice of­fi­cers who pro­cessed the scene had to un­dergo trauma coun­selling.

“Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions sug­gest the crime could have been com­mit­ted be­tween Fri­day Au­gust 1 and the time of dis­cov- ery on Sun­day at about 1pm,” po­lice spokesman Cap­tain Mal­colm Po­jie said.

Seyf­fert was ar­rested at 7pm on Mon­day and although only charged with mur­der at this stage, other charges could be added.

“Af­ter his [Seyf­fert] ar­rest, we dis­cov­ered Bekker’s cell­phone as well as his mo­tor­bike were miss­ing. The mo­tor­bike was later re­trieved from the ocean.”

Essen­hout Street res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers were shocked when they heard about Bekker’s mur­der as they de­scribed the neigh­bour­hood as peace­ful.

“Last year, there was a surge in break-ins but noth­ing vi­o­lent. You never hear about as­saults or mur­ders,” Elsa Kriek said.

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