Senekal court riot-accused granted bail

Senekal court riot-accused granted bail

The two men charged for the violence that broke out at the Senekal Magistrate’s Court two weeks ago will return to court next month.

They were both granted R15 000 bail on Monday.

Stephen Fourie appeared at the magistrate’s court after being arrested on Friday.

He has been charged with public violence, arson, malicious damage to property and attempted murder.

His co-accused was also released on R15 000 bail after petitioning the High Court in Bloemfontein.

Andre Pienaar escalated his quest for freedom to the court after Magistrate Buti Mlangeni rejected his bid, citing concerns of him possibly interfering with witnesses.

The two will appear before the Senekal Magistrate’s Court together when the case resumes on the 20th of November.

The state says they were part of a group of locals who gathered at the court when the alleged killers of 21-year-old farm manager, Brendin Horner, first appeared.

The locals torched a police vehicle, allegedly fired shots inside court and damaged a section of the courthouse when chaos broke out.

The state intends using a doctrine of common purpose in prosecuting the two.

Senekal man accused of inciting court unrest denied bail

Senekal man accused of inciting court unrest denied bail

The man accused of public violence in Senekal, in the Free State, has been denied bail.

Magistrate Buti Mlangeni cited the possibility of him interfering with police investigations as one of the reasons for his decision.

Andre Pienaar appeared in the Senekal Magistrate’s Court today.  

He was arrested last week after allegedly encouraging protesters to storm the courthouse and attack two accused who had been appearing there.

Amid the chaos, a police van was overturned and set alight by the angry crowd.

The suspect faces charges of attempted murder, malicious damage to property and public violence.

He has told court that he suffers from bipolar and takes chronic medication.

Pienaar’s case will return to court on November 20.

A state witness has accused him of having threatened and throttled a female police officer who tried preventing the protesters from entering court.

The group had been demanding justice for murdered 21-year-old local farm manager, Brendin Horner.  

Police Minister Bheki Cele and his State Security counterpart Minister Ayanda Dlodlo will visit his family this afternoon.

The duo also plans on meeting with organised farming structures in the area in a bid to quell simmering tensions caused by Horner’s murder.