Hoekstra trial finally starts

Nomahlubi Jordaan

ONE of four people accused of the brutal murder of Walmer Country Club manager Gerrie Hoekstra in a bungled hijacking three years ago intends to plead guilty, while another wants the Port Elizabeth High Court to exclude her from prosecution.

Hoekstra, a former EP rugby coach who for many years owned the Maverick Spur at the Kine Park Centre in Rink Street, was en route to a bank in Main Road to deposit the week’s takings of about R33000 when he was shot at the 9th Avenue and Heugh Road intersection on November 22 2010.

Abduragmaan Hendricks, 41, of Cape Road, Sherwin Leander, 28, of Chatty, Charne Brown, 31, of Newton Park, and Karen van der Merwe, 40, of Kabega Park, are charged with conspiracy to rob, attempted robbery, murder, possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition. Hendricks’s lawyer, Brian O’Brien, told Judge Murray Lowe of his client’s intention to plead guilty.

The case was postponed to Friday.

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