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'Killer' pupil case deferred

By unknown | Aug 21, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Tebogo Monama

Tebogo Monama

The case of murder and three attempted murders against the Nic Diederichs Technical High School pupil in Krugersdorp was postponed yesterday.

The alleged sword slayer, Morne Harmse, appeared with co-accused Max Brechlin .

Harmse, 18, looked confused in court. The case against him was postponed to August 27 so he could get legal representation. He will remain in custody until his next appearance.

Harmse is accused of killing 17-year-old Jacques Pretorius and injuring three other people at the school on Monday.

The case against Brechlin, who was charged with conspiracy to murder and possession of a dangerous weapon, was withdrawn.

Stephan Bouwer, who survived the attack with 15 stitches to his head and a limp, said: "I have known Morne since we were in standard two. I cannot believe he did this. I owe my life to the gardener who shielded me against his attack."

Bouwer, 18, who is in Grade 11, said he thought Harmse would not hurt him.

"When he hit my leg I thought he was joking," Bouwer said. "But when he hit me in the face I began to realise that he was serious. All I saw next was the gardener coming between me and the sword."

The gardener, Joseph Kodeseng, sustained injuries to his face and was treated and discharged from hospital.

Yesterday, Kodeseng and his colleague, Samson Manamela, returned to work. Manamela's arm was hurt.

Kodeseng said: "We are lucky that we were not seriously hurt. I am just sad that the young man had died. I even feel sorry for the guy who did this. He was still so young."

Pretorius will be buried on tomorrow morning.


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