North West farmer, 24-year-old Matthew Benson, was denied bail in the Brits Magistrate's Court. Picture: ANA/Stringer

Brits - A 24-year-old man accused of the murder of Tebogo Ndlovu and attempted murder of two others appeared briefly in the Brits Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The accused Matthew Benson, the son of a local farmer, who was denied bail by the Brits Magistrate's Court has approached the high court in Pretoria to appeal the decision. 

On Thursday the prosecution told the court they had received a high court indictment and requested a postponement of the matter to January 26.

The state alleges that earlier this year on 2 August Benson fired shots at Ndlovu, who is also 24 years old, and his friends.

It was common cause that the friends from Majakananeng, south of Brits, had gone to the Mooinooi farm, where they intended to steal scrap metal.

The farm owner's son allegedly spotted them. He allegedly chased after them and fired shots in their direction hitting Ndlovu. His friends tried to carry him as they fled from Benson, but their wounded accomplice proved to be too heavy so they left him behind under a tree. 

Ndlovu was last seen on 2 August. His "disappearance"  led  to residents of Majakaneng barricading  major roads between Rustenburg and Pretoria and torching at least five vehicles.

In court papers Benson has denied possessing a firearm and shooting at the three men, stating instead that his father's guns were always kept in a locked safe. The accused claims only his father has access to the safe's key. Benson said he only had a BB  gun (pellet) gun in his possession.

The accused claims his father was out selling oranges at the time of the shooting. 

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