Johannesburg - The Brits Magistrate's Court is on Friday, expected to deliver judgement on the bail application of North West farmer, Matthew Benson, accused for the murder of Tebogo Ndlovu and attempted murder of two men.
On Thursday, Magistrate Jethro Mosime postponed the case to Friday, to enable the court to deliberate on the arguments presented. The State is opposing the bail application.
Matthew Benson, 24, is accused of the murder of Ndlovu and the attempted murder of his two friends.
The State alleges Benson fired shots at Ndlovu, 24, and his friends on August 2. The trio from Majakananeng near Brits, apparently went to the Mooinooi farm intending to steal scrap metal.
Benson allegedly spotted them, chased after them and fired shots at them hitting Ndlovu. His friends attempted to carry him while fleeing from Benson but, he was too heavy for them and they left him behind under a tree. He had not been seen since August 2, his friends escaped unharmed.
Jeff Moyo for Benson had argued that the State’s case against Benson was weak. He said it was in the interest of justice to release him on bail.
Prosecutor Cassius Mona told the court the case against Benson was strong. He said Benson was a flight risk now that he knew the magnitude of the case against him, he might interfere with witnesses and investigations, because the police need to trace the people seen at the crime scene.