Killer youths to appeal judgment

The so-called Waterkloof Four will bring an application for leave to appeal a judgment by the Pretoria high court after it rejected an appeal to overturn their murder conviction and sentence.

The so-called Waterkloof Four will bring an application for leave to appeal a judgment by the Pretoria high court after it rejected an appeal to overturn their murder conviction and sentence.

Pretoria high court judges Willie Seriti and Piet Ebersohn yesterday turned down an appeal by Christoff Becker, Frikkie du Preez, Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt to overturn their conviction for the 2001 murder of an unidentified man and the assault of another.

"My view is that the trial court properly evaluated the evidence before it and correctly convicted the appellants as it did," Seriti said in reading out his and Ebersohn's judgment.

The judges gave the four's counsel seven days to bring "a substantive" application for leave to appeal and extended the bail of the four who were not in court.

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