Cape Town -
A Stellenbosch man is to go on trial in the Western Cape High Court for murdering his eight-year-old son and the boy’s grandmother after he allegedly petrol-bombed their home four days before Christmas last year.
Ettiene Meyer appeared in the high court for the first time last Thursday for a pre-trial hearing. His trial is expected to start next year.
It is the State’s case that Meyer threw a petrol bomb into the home of Aletta Adams, where she, her daughter Anthea, and her grandson Alex were sleeping in the early hours of December 21.
Anthea and Alex lived with her mother in Dalhia Street in Idas Valley after her relationship with Meyer turned sour. He lived with his grandmother, Silvie Meyer, in the same area.
The State intends to prosecute Meyer for a number of offences that led to last year’s attack.
It is alleged Meyer assaulted a young relative and her mother during an argument with his grandmother on July 8, 2011.
On October 24 last year, Meyer allegedly stabbed a man named Donovan Erasmus because Anthea went to visit him. Erasmus was stabbed twice in the chest but Adams managed to escape. Two months later, round 11pm, Meyer followed Adams home and allegedly tried to stab her. She fled to her mother’s house.
Meyer has not yet pleaded to nine charges including malicious damage to property, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, attempted murder and murder.