Spanish national Mario-César Deus Yela appeared in the Western Cape High Court on Monday PHOTO: Catherine Rice / ANA

CAPE TOWN - The trial of 50-year-old Spanish dentist Mario-César Deus Yela, who is charged with killing his three-year-old twin children in Hout Bay last year, has been set down for November 12.

Yela appeared in the Western Cape High Court on Monday on charges of killing twins Octavia and Maximo at a holiday rental apartment in Hout Bay on April 6 last year.  

Yela's ex-wife Julia Engelhorn was also in court, accompanied by the lawyer who represented her during the divorce.

Earlier on Monday, defence lawyer William Booth and State prosecutor Louise Friester-Sampson requested a postponement to February 4, 2019, but Judge Vincent Saldanha refused to grant the lengthy postponement.

Judge Saldanha said the delays were of "serious concern" to the court.

The court will appoint a Spanish interpreter for the duration of the trial. 

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African News Agency (ANA)