BRONX OWNER MURDER TRIAL TO START NEXT MONTH
Tue, 30 July 2013
The long-awaited trial of the three men accused of murdering Cape Town gay club owner Bruno Bronn last year is finally set to start on 26 August.
John Frederick Coetzee, Fareez Allie and Achmat Toffa have been charged with premeditated murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.
Charges against a fourth man, Kurt Erispe, have been withdrawn.
The trial had been set to begin this week but was postponed due to a new lawyer being appointed to represent Toffa.
The accused appeared in court on Monday where the new trial date was set by Judge President of the Cape High Court, John Hlophe.
Bronn's body was found by a domestic worker in his Sea Point home on 7 February 2012.
According to the state, the 50-year-old man was strangled to death.
Neighbours said at the time that they saw Bronn arrive at his home with two men the night before, after which a loud and disturbing altercation was heard.
The murder suspects were reportedly found in possession of property that had been stolen from Bronn's home.
Bronn, who was well known in Cape Town's LGBT community, was the owner of the popular Bronx and Navigaytion nightclubs before they closed down.