South Africa 5.12.2014 01:15 pm

Coetzer convicted of Bronx boss murder

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Picture: Thinkstock

Willem Frederick John Coetzer was convicted in the Western Cape High Court on Friday of the murder of gay night club owner Bruno Bronn.

“You are guilty on both counts — guilty of murder and secondly you are found guilty… of robbery with aggravating circumstances,” Judge John Hlope told Coetzer.

Bronn was strangled at his Sea Point home on the night of Monday, February 6, 2012.

Coetzer, who was a bouncer at Bronn’s gay night club, The Bronx, claimed his co-accused Fareez Allie orchestrated the murder.

However, the court rejected his version of events and acquitted Allie.

“You are acquitted on both counts,” Hlope told a visibly relieved Allie. “You are a free man.”

A second co-accused, Achmat Toffa, was also acquitted on the charges of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances but was convicted on a count of theft. Coetzer had given him Bronn’s cellphone to sell.

The evidence before the court and the testimony of witnesses indicated that Coetzer acted alone.

Coetzer’s DNA was found under Bronn’s fingernails and it was his belt which was used to strangle Bronn.

Allie’s cellphone records showed he was not at Bronn’s house during the murder.

Sapa


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