Alleged killer of a PREGNANT mother of two, 28, denied bail in Kimberley

0
86
Advertisements

The alleged killer of a pregnant Northern Cape mother will stay put behind bars until his next appearance in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court.

Magistrate Salome Maimane-Booi left no room for interpretation in her bail judgment as she brought down her gavel on Monday. Her ruling was against Anthony Wilkinson, who allegedly stabbed his pregnant girlfriend, Danielle Van Der Linde, 28, to death in her home last month.

Van Der Linde’s alleged killer tried to evade police

However, after initially being on the lam for the murder of the mother of two, Wilkinson handed himself over to the police on 16 May.

“After considering all the relevant factors, this court does not find on a balance of probability that the applicant has successfully discharged the onus as contemplated in Section 60(11B) of the Criminal Procedure Act and, therefore, the court refuses bail.”

Magistrate Salome Maimane-Booi’s ruling in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 13 June

Court denies bail for a second time

Meanwhile, Van Der Linde’s alleged killer will stay in custody until 26 July. In the interim, SAPS will continue investigations into the pregnant woman’s murder.

READ MORE: Heavily pregnant woman raped, stabbed and thrown off cliff in KZN

“Police responded to the home of the victim on 15 May. On arrival, they found the deceased riddled with stab wounds. The arrest came after the accused handed himself over to the police on 16 May.”

NPA Northern Cape regional spokesperson Mojalefa Senokoatsane

Commenting further on the alleged killer, Senokoatsane said he also pleaded for bail during his second court appearance on 31 May. However, the court denied his request as he could likely interfere with witnesses. 

“The prosecution called the police during the bail application. Crime scene investigators painted a picture of what they found at the scene. They had reservations about the court granting bail. The main reason is that the accused might interfere with witnesses, as some are known to him.

Mojalefa Senokoatsane

“Given the seriousness of the charges against the accused, the prosecutor opposed bail. It was in the best interest of justice not to grant bail. The accused will stay in police custody until his next court appearance.”

NPA Northern Cape regional spokesperson Mojalefa Senokoatsane

ALSO READ: Police on the hunt for a suspect who raped a 20-year-old woman

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here