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Alleged guest house killers await fate

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The two men who stand accused of the murder of 29-year-old Ashwin Malan, who was gunned down at his mother’s guest house in West End, will know their fate on the charges they face in April.

Derrick Vyfers (red shirt) and Marlon Koopman (white shirt) are accused of the murder of Ashwin Malan, who was shot dead at his mother’s guest house in 2016. Picture: Soraya Crowie

THE TWO men who stand accused of the murder of 29-year-old Ashwin Malan, who was gunned down at his mother’s guest house in West End, will know their fate on the charges they face in April.

This after the case was postponed for judgment by the Northern Cape High Court.

Derrick Fyfers and Marlon Koopman are accused of killing Malan at Atlantis Guest House on September 8, 2016, in what was at the time believed to have been a botched robbery.

Malan died after he was shot three times.

The two accused are facing charges of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

Fyfers, who is alleged to be the shooter in the incident, was arrested in Gauteng.

Koopman pointed out Fyfers as the person who shot Malan and labelled the incident as a “spin” that went horribly wrong.

According to Koopman’s previous testimony in court, Fyfers was the mastermind behind a plan to rob the guest house of flat-screen televisions and a generator.

Koopman’s legal representative, during closing arguments, requested the court to only convict his client on the charges of attempted robbery and to acquit him of murder and the possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition charges.

Despite witnesses placing him at the scene on the night of the incident and accusations of him being the shooter, Fyfers has denied the charges against him.

He admitted that he was at the guest house to visit his brother’s former girlfriend who was at the time employed as a receptionist at the guest house.

Fyfers, in his defence, testified that he had left Kimberley for Pretoria on the day of the incident.

He said he was already in Pretoria at the time the offence was committed.

Both accused remain in custody.

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