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NPA wants ‘race attack’ bakkie

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'One of the friends said she thought Coetzee meant that he had assaulted the young men after she says he told her that “ek het nou twee k****** getrap”'

SEIZURE: A Nissan Sani bakkie that belongs to a man linked to an alleged racially-motivated murder in Kathu, could be seized if the Northern Cape High Court grants an application for preservation of property made by the National Prosecuting Authority. Picture: Supplied

THE NATIONAL Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has made an application for preservation of property to the Northern Cape High Court for the seizure of a bakkie belonging to a man linked to an alleged racially-motivated murder in Kathu.

Harry Coetzee, 38, is facing a charge of murder and three counts of attempted murder after he allegedly deliberately drove into four young men with his bakkie, one of whom later died from his injuries.

The alleged incident occurred after an altercation when the group of young men walked past Coetzee’s house on August 13, 2017.

Coetzee was hosting a braai at his house and some friends were present. He apparently swore at the group as they walked past his house and they swore back at him.

As they proceeded walking, they saw a bakkie with its headlights on driving in their direction. They ran off in different directions into some nearby bushes.

One of the young men, Elcardo Crew, 20, died in hospital a few hours after being hit by the bakkie.

One of Crew’s friends, Eshric Molino, 19, was hospitalised at Mediclinic Gariep and had to undergo surgery following the incident.

Another friend, Liam Cloete, said that he hid in the bushes but was later approached by a white man who told him to go home and to be careful of the man in the bakkie.

Four of the Coetzee’s friends were apparently at his house on the night of the incident.

One of the friends said she thought Coetzee meant that he had assaulted the young men after she says he told her that “ek het nou twee k****** getrap”.

The NPA, in its application on Friday, stated that the Nissan Sani bakkie was instrumental in the alleged incident.

“The property was deliberately chosen and used to search for Molino and his friends on the night of the incident. When the respondent saw them, he deliberately drove in their direction and hit Crew and Molino. The respondent did not stop after he hit them and drove off. The respondent told one of his friends after he returned home. The property under the circumstances of this matter, and taking into account the manner and reason for its usage, would render it an instrumentality of the aforementioned offences,” the application stated.

The vehicle was seized by police on October 14, 2017.

The NPA said investigators found tyre tracks believed to belong to Coetzee’s vehicle at the scene of the crime.

It said the vehicle was also later found with scratches and thorns in its tyres.

Coetzee has been denied bail and remains in custody.