Bail ruling expected in murder-accused Mpumalanga farmers’ case

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The Evander Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga is expected to hand down judgment in the bail application of a farmer and his accomplices who are accused of murder.

52-year-old farm owner Hermanus De Le Ray and 40-year-old farm manager William Underhay are accused of being involved in the disappearance of two men.

The men were allegedly last seen hunting at a certain farm in May last year.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli says the accused are also facing a charge of defeating the ends of justice.

“The investigators managed to go and collect that evidence, which gave us more belief that indeed these suspects have got cases to answer. However, that is a crucial piece of evidence that we want to present in court, and we believe these two might assist us so that at the end of the day, they point us to the place where the bodies are. Hence, we are trying by all means to oppose bail because we are of the idea that if they are granted bail, it might jeopardise our investigation.”