MAN ACCUSED OF MURDER AND STOCK THEFT APPEARS IN COURT

MAN ACCUSED OF MURDER AND STOCK THEFT APPEARS IN COURT

Fredrick Pieter Jacobus Botha (42), appeared at the Vanderbijlpark Magistrates’ Court. He is facing a charge of murder and stock theft to the value of R293000.

It is alleged that on 29 November 2021, the deceased Christiaan Van Tonder, sold 31 cattles to Botha. After the cattle were handed over to the accused, it is alleged that the accused asked the deceased to drive with him, using the deceased vehicle, to a remote area near Theoville plots, Barrage, to finalise the payment. When they arrived at the place, it is alleged that the accused shot and killed the deceased in his bakkie. This was discovered and reported to the police the same day by the neighborhood watch, of Barrage after they found the bakkie of the deceased with his body inside.

After investigations by the police, Botha was arrested on 29 August 2023, and is remanded in custody. The matter was postponed to 04 September 2023,for a formal bail application.

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