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8 Sep 2014
12:17 pm

Beaten Royal Marine ‘involved in four altercations’

A former Royal Marine who was beaten to death at Durban's King's Park rugby stadium may have been involved in as many as four altercations, the Durban Regional Court was told on Monday.

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Warrant Officer Craig Bekker, the first policeman to arrive at the stadium where Brett Williams was declared dead by paramedics on the night of March 23 last year, said: “We were led to believe that there were four different confrontations.”

Bekker said the first incident involving Williams took place in a bar called “One Stop” in the stadium.

He was giving evidence in the trial of Blayne Shepard, 23, his brother Kyle, 25, Andries van der Merwe, 23, and Dustin van Wyk, 23.

They each face a charge of murder, three of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and one of crimen injuria.

They are accused of beating Williams to death outside Kings Park stadium after the Sharks beat the Melbourne Rebels in a Super Rugby match.

Bekker told the court: “The initial information was that he was interfering with a certain white woman…. The final assault occurred where we found him.”

He did not remember who told him about the four altercations.

He said bouncers at the “One Stop” bar had confirmed the initial incident involving Williams.

Bekker said bouncers at the “One Stop” bar also apparently told Williams to put on his shirt.

In March, the court heard that Grant Cramer held Williams in a chokehold during an altercation with Williams. The court also previously heard that Cramer’s girlfriend was Kirsten Cooper.

Cramer, who was the best friend and former gym partner of Blayne Shepard, was initially charged with assault, but has denied being part of the beating that led to Williams’ death.

The trial continues.