Variety of charges for Sizzlers suspects
By Wendell Roelf
The two men who allegedly confessed to the gruesome Sizzlers massage parlour massacre that shocked Cape Town in January, appeared briefly in the Cape Town magistrate's court on Monday.
The men, 43-year-old Trevor Basil Theys of Mitchell's Plain and 27-year-old Adam Roy Woest, of Sea Point, were led from the Caledon Square police station to the courts shackled in leg irons and wearing balaclavas.
In a public gallery packed with curious onlookers and family members, the men were emotionless as the charges were put to them.
Both face nine counts of murder, one of attempted murder, one of robbery with aggravating circumstances and one of the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Theys, with greying hair at the temples nervously clutched his hands together while the bespectacled Woest stared ahead impassively as senior prosecutor David Jacobs put the charges to the pair.
Jacobs said should any bail application be lodged it would be heard in the Cape Town regional court because of the seriousness of the offences and the public profile of the case.
The case was postponed to February 25 for further investigation and the two were remanded to Goodwood Prison.
Their arrest followed the attack on the gay massage parlour in Graham Road, Sea Point, on January 20.
The owner of the business Aubrey Otgaar, a client, and seven young employees were shot dead.
Most of them had their throats slit.
One employee, known only as Quinton, managed to escape and raised the alarm, although he too had been shot.
Two bullets were subsequently removed from his head and he is now being held in a safe house in the Western Cape.
Theys and Woest were arrested after identikits appeared in newspapers last month.
Theys was arrested at a house in Mitchell's Plain in the early hours of Thursday last week while Woest was arrested at a Victoria and Alfred Waterfront restaurant where he worked, later that night.
Police said both men had made full confessions before a Cape Town magistrate last Thursday and early on Friday morning.
Gay and Lesbian Alliance president Juan Duval Uys was at the court on Monday. He said he was there in his capacity as a friend of the victims - and as a neighbour of one of the suspects.
He claimed that Woest lived in the same block of flats as him. He described Woest as "extremely quiet" but that he "dressed neatly and smelt nice".
Uys said the Sizzlers massacre was a homophobic attack. He said the motive could not have been robbery as computers and television sets were not removed from the house.
Uys said he was shocked when he heard his neighbour was allegedly involved and he was at court on Monday to confirm "with my own eyes" it was my neighbour.
Uys said the GLA's national conference which starts in Bloemfontein on Tuesday would adopt as its slogan for next year's national election "one killer one gallow (sic)."
However, this had nothing to do with the Sea Point killings, he said. - Sapa