Date set for trial in penis-size murder accused for trial

Five men accused of gunning down three Durban pub patrons during an argument over the size of their penises are expected to go on trial in July.

Five men accused of gunning down three Durban pub patrons during an argument over the size of their penises are expected to go on trial in July.

Their lawyer, Zane Haneef, told the Durban magistrate's court yesterday that a provisional trial date had been set down for July 27 to August 7. He said their indictments would be finalised by April 22.

Two police inspectors, Brian Steven, 39, of Mayville police station, and his brother Leon, 33, of Point police station, together with Clive Naidoo, 37, Julian Naidoo, 31, and Naeem Sadick, 22, face murder charges.

On September 10 last year, three men - Shawn Strydom, 33, Nick Janse van Rensburg, 57, and Rory Menzes, 40 - were killed after an argument at the Merseyside pub in Durban's Umbilo suburb.

Two others were wounded. At the time of the shootings, police said the argument began when a patron of Indian descent made a comment about the size of a white patron's genitals while both were at the pub's urinals.

An officer who spoke on condition of anonymity at the time said: "The white man went to the toilet and an Indian guy followed him. While in the urinal, the Indian man told the white man that his penis was bigger than his (the white man's). The white man left the urinal and told his friends about what had happened and this is when the argument started."

The five men then left the pub and returned later, allegedly with firearms. The three patrons were then shot dead. - Sapa

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