High court trial awaits ex-bouncer Beuthin

Former bouncer Gary Beuthin and his two co-accused will go on trial in the Johannesburg High Court on October 20 for attempted murder and kidnapping.

Beuthin (43) and his co-accused, Melanie van Nierkerk (31) and Warren Schertel (34), were formally served with a high court indictment in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

The trial has been set down until November 28.

Van Niekerk was granted bail of R10 000 in the high court in January. The high court also granted conditional bail of R10 000 to Schertel.

Beuthin was out on parole at the time the alleged offences were committed.

Although he has not yet applied for bail his advocate, Michael Werner, indicated that he might do so pending the outcome of an urgent application he is making to the high court on Tuesday.

It is understood that Beuthin contends that his parole was revoked without proper procedure.

According to the indictment the three are accused of attempted murder; robbery with aggravating circumstances (alternatively extortion); kidnapping; and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Beuthin was released from Leeuwkop Prison on parole last June after serving 15 years of a 25-year sentence for kidnapping and assaulting his former girlfriend, Jill Reeves.—Sapa

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