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Men accused of killing teenager get trial date

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Accused will remain in custody until their next court appearance, when their trial is scheduled to commence.

From left: Christopher Ortell and his co-accused, Leonardo Andrews.

THE TRIAL of the two men accused of killing a Kimberley teenager before setting his body alight, is scheduled to begin later this year.

Twenty-year-old Christopher Ortell and his co-accused, Leonardo Andrews, made a brief appearance in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court yesterday, when their trial date was set for mid-September in the Northern Cape High Court.

They are accused of murdering 19-year-old Riedwaan Mackay, before dumping and burning his body, in April last year and will remain in custody until their next court appearance, when their trial is scheduled to commence.

Mackay, along with his VW Golf 7, was reported missing at the Kimberley police station on April 13 last year.

His car was discovered in West End, not far from his residence, three days later, with the licence plates and tow bar removed.

Mackay’s body was later found in the veld along the R31 road to Barkly, not far from the Kalahari Lodge, after a witness, who allegedly assisted in transporting the body, told police the location.

A sock was found in Mackay’s mouth while a belt had been tied around his nose and mouth.

An autopsy later revealed that he had sustained a long and potentially fatal cut to his head.

Subsequently, Ortell handed himself over to police in Rosedale, Upington and has already been in custody for more than a year after being denied bail in two separate applications.

Andrews was due to be added as a second accused during Ortell’s previous court appearance earlier this month, when the matter had to be postponed after Andrews was not brought to court to appear before Magistrate Danie Schreuder.

Both were, however, in the dock yesterday and were served with trial notices to appear before a high court judge on September 11.