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Murder accused to appear in court, GBVF picket planned

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A murder accused who allegedly killed the mother of his child is expected to appear for a formal bail application in the Warrenton Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

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A MURDER accused who allegedly killed the mother of his toddler is expected to appear for a formal bail application in the Warrenton Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) activists have encouraged residents to join a picket that will be held outside the court building on Wednesday, calling for the magistrate not to grant the accused bail.

The police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the victim’s death.

Neighbours in Ikhutseng location, Warrenton, where the couple were residing claimed that there was a history of domestic violence.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Timothy Sam said the police in Warrenton were investigating the murder of a 34-year-old woman.

“Preliminary investigations indicate that the accused and deceased were in a relationship. They were seen together on the evening of February 27. It is alleged that they were arguing before they left home, where the deceased was heard crying for help. The police are investigating the circumstances that led to her death,” said Sam.

He added that the 40-year-old boyfriend of the deceased was arrested and charged with murder.

“He will appear in the Warrenton Magistrate’s Court on March 6 for a formal bail hearing. Investigations are continuing,” said Sam.

Aubrey Springbok, a family member of the deceased, Marlyn “Meikie” van Wyk, said they were waiting for the police to complete the investigation as the nature of her death was still unclear.

“She will be buried this weekend. I am caring for her other three boys who are aged 15, 13 and 11. They are devastated over the death of their mother,” said Springbok.

The police are investigating the death of Marlyn “Meikie” van Wyk. Picture: Supplied

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