The four men accused of beating a British man to death at a Super Rugby game at Kings Park Stadium have been granted bail.
Andries van der Merwe, Dustin van Wyk and brothers Blayne and Kyle Shepard were all granted R5000 bail by Durban magistrate Vanitha Armu. As part of their bail conditions, the four men were ordered not to enter Kings Park Stadium until their murdrer trial was over. The men also have to report to their local police stations twice a week as well as hand over their passports.
A fifth man, Grant Cramer, appeared in court with the four but he is not facing murder charges as he reportedly did not take part in the final assault against former Royal Marine, Brett Williams. Cramer was granted bail last week after all five men handed themselves over to police. Cramer could be used as a State witness against the other four.
Cramer, though, could stand trial seperately for assaulting Williams as it turned out that the tragic event started when Cramer got into a fight with Williams.
According to the investigating officer's affidavit, Cramer held Williams in a choke hold until he lost consciousness. Paramedics revived the English visitor before the the other accused arrived and started punching, kicking and stomping on him.
"Fidelity guards intervened and then the other accused arrived and got into a verbal and physical confrontation with them, with racial slurs being directed at the guards. The four men then viciously attacked Williams, punching, kicking and stomping on him.
"He had injuries to his forehead, face, hand and knees. Paramedics tried to save him, but he was declared dead at the scene," the officer's affidavit read.
The men will appear in court again in early June when a trial date will be set.
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