Trio in Koës murder plead not guilty

28 November 2018 | Justice

Three men accused of murdering an elderly couple at a farm near Koës earlier this year pleaded not guilty to all charges at the Keetmanshoop lower court on Monday.

Julius Arndt, Andries Afrikaner and Johannes Christiaan are accused of murdering Giel and Sarie Botma on their farm on 2 February this year.

They made their fifth appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate's Court before Magistrate Melissa Mungunda, who postponed their case to 9 April 2019 for the prosecutor-general to make a decision on the finalisation of the charges and in which court the case will be heard.

The State was represented by Frederick van der Colf.

The three are each charged with two counts of murder, possession of a firearm without a licence, possession of ammunition, theft of a motor vehicle and housebreaking with intent to rob.

Arndt faces an additional charge of housebreaking with intent to steal. Arndt is represented by Linus Samaria, Afrikaner by Lizzetta Meyer and Christiaan by Florian Beukes. The trio remain in custody at the police's holding cells at Keetmanshoop, after they were denied bail during their first court appearance on 5 February.

Beukes told the court that he wished to file a formal bail application for his client, which the court agreed to hear on 11 December 2018.