Stefan Hepburn’s case attracted both members of the community and political parties. Photo: Mzamane Ringane
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Stefan Hepburn, who is accused of shooting and killing farmworker Jan Railo on a farm in Tuinplaas, was expected to be back in court for trial on Thursday, 20 April.
The case attracted attention from both the political fraternity and the national media, with members of the community also coming out in large numbers to attend the court proceedings.
Hepburn, who is a hunter, admitted in a written affidavit that he shot Railo on a farm in Tuinplaas, after he mistook him for a bush pig.
The hunter had reportedly been invited by the owner of the farm to come and shoot bush pigs and other animals which were damaging crops.
Hepburn was released under stringent conditions in February on a bail of R15 000 after spending several nights behind bars.
At the time of Hepburn’s release, Magistrate Nkateko Maluleke said that it was in the interest of justice to grant the suspect bail, and further indicated that the state’s case was not strong.
Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the African National Congress (ANC) packed the gallery during Hepburn’s court appearances.
The two political parties set their political differences aside and joined forces in opposing bail for the suspect.
There was also a significant police presence on Friday, 24 February when the suspect was released on bail.
It is anticipated that the court will be packed next week when the suspect appears in court for his trial.
6 months ago 12 April 2017