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Accused ‘had relationship with Bronx owner’

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One of the men accused of murdering Bronx nightclub owner Bruno Bronn had been in a relationship with him, according to a summary of the case against him.

Achmat Toffa, Fareez Allie and Frederick John Coetzer are accused of murdering Bronx nightclub owner Bruno Bronn. Photo: Tracey Adams. Credit: CAPE ARGUS

Frederick John Coetzer, Fareez Allie and Achmat Toffa appeared briefly in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday. Their trial was to have started but had to be postponed for a second time this week because the defence was not ready.

Allie’s lawyer, Arnold Nel, said he needed to straighten out a few aspects with his client.

The State alleges the trio entered Bronn’s Ocean View Drive home in Sea Point and robbed him of his belongings on February 6, 2012.

According to the summary of substantial facts, Bronn knew Coetzer because of their previous relationship.

The State claims the men went to Bronn’s home in a Toyota Condor driven by Kurt Erispe, against whom charges have been withdrawn in exchange for his testimony against the other three.

Coetzer went into the house followed by Allie and Toffa. Bronn was overpowered and robbed of his laptop and cellphone, among other items. Coetzer allegedly then drove off with the items in Bronn’s silver BMW 330, meeting the others later at a house in Maitland. Bronn’s cellphone and cash were allegedly exchanged for drugs.

Bronn died of asphyxia due to strangulation, according to the autopsy report.

Judge President John Hlophe postponed the case to Monday.

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