A Northern Cape farmer accused of shooting and killing two of his friends who were visiting him made an appearance in the Springbok Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
A NORTHERN Cape farmer accused of shooting and killing two of his friends who were visiting him made an appearance in the Springbok Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed the appearance of Jacobus “Japie” Dawid Claassens.
The 59-year-old faces two counts of murder following a shooting incident on his smallholding in Vioolsdrif on October 30 at around 4.30am.
Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Cherelle Ehlers said it is alleged that four men had come to visit their friend.
“During the early hours of the morning, neighbours heard gunshots and went to the smallholding to investigate.
“Upon arrival, the owner of the smallholding allegedly admitted to shooting two men and wanted to hand himself over to the police.”
One of the victims had been asleep when they were shot.
Ehlers said the police immediately attended to the scene and found two injured men who were transported to hospital via ambulance.
The victims, who are believed to be from Cape Town and are aged 54 and 56, died on November 1 in hospital.
The police said Claassens was arrested and made his first appearance in court on October 31, adding that the circumstances surrounding the shooting were unknown.
The matter was adjourned to Tuesday for a formal bail application.
Speaking about Tuesday’s proceedings in court, NPA spokesperson Mojalefa Senokoatsane said the matter was adjourned to November 15 for a formal bail application.
“The prosecution will be opposing the bail application. The accused was remanded in custody,” said Senokoatsane.