Murder accused drops Legal Aid attorney

IN COURT: Three Kuyga men accused of the murder of Stacey-Lee Terblanche, 14, appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s court yesterday. They are, from left, Benedieta van Wyk, 31, Heinrich Swartz, 28, and his older brother, Lionel, 30
IN COURT: Three Kuyga men accused of the murder of Stacey-Lee Terblanche, 14, appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s court yesterday. They are, from left, Benedieta van Wyk, 31, Heinrich Swartz, 28, and his older brother, Lionel, 30

The formal bail application for three Kuyga men accused of murdering a 14-year-old girl was postponed yet again as one of the accused considered entering a plea agreement with the state.

The same accused, Heinrich Swartz, 28, has also chosen to represent himself for the duration of the case as he dropped the Legal Aid attorney representing him and his co-accused, brother Lionel Swartz, 30, and Benedieta van Wyk, 31.

The three men are accused of killing Stacey-Lee Terblanche, whose body, with a bullet wound to the head, was found in a stream near her home in the Greenbushes area on January 14.

Angry residents took to the streets that day, demanding the police not arrest the men as they wanted to take the law into their own hands.

During their appearance at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court yesterday, Heinrich was very outspoken towards magistrate Hannalien Larson, saying he wanted a new Legal Aid attorney because “this one is not right”.

-Riaan Marais

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