Stefan Smit murder: Wife, co-accused face more charges relating to murder weapon

Zurenah Smit, 54, seems in reference to the murder of her Stellenbosch wine farmer husband Stefan Smit in June 2019

  • Zurenah Smit and Derek Sait have been charged with theft in addition to unlawful gun and ammunition possession.
  • The extra charges come after two weapons believed to have been stolen from Smits protected in 2018 had been discovered upon the arrest of the three suspects for his murder.
  • It is believed one in all these stolen weapons was used to kill him on 2 June 2019.

Stellenbosch wine farmer Stefan Smit’s widow, Zurenah, and the previous member of his safety workforce, Derek Sait, had been charged on Friday shortly earlier than their look for his murder with theft in addition to for the unlawful possession of weapons and ammunition for allegedly stealing two of his firearms.

Although the small print weren’t mentioned throughout proceedings within the Stellenbosch Magistrate’s Court, News24 reliably understands the extra charges come after two weapons believed to have been stolen from Smit’s protected in 2018 had been discovered after the arrest of the three suspects for the vintner’s murder.

It is believed one was used to kill him on 2 June 2019, though each had been on the scene when armed suspects entered Louiesenhof by means of an unlocked door whereas the Smits had been having dinner with a pal.

Smit was shot lifeless whereas the visitor and Zurenah escaped unscathed throughout the obvious home theft wherein solely two cellphones and a purse had been stolen.

Sait, Damon and Sait’s brother, Bradley van Eyslend, the pinnacle of safety, had all been on obligation that night time. None had supposedly heard the gunshots that night time regardless of being in an adjoining room.

According to the State, a pair, who lived in a cottage about 15m from the primary home, had heard the photographs.

It was additionally mentioned there was no footage of the alleged perpetrators getting into the farm, regardless of various CCTV cameras being among the many in depth safety measures in place.

According to Sait, Smit had been conscious there had been many blind spots in his digicam community.

The safety workforce was employed by the couple after the occupation in 2018 of Watergang, which Smit’s household owned through a belief.

It was occupied by backyarders from close by Kayamandi who renamed it Azania. Following an utility for an interdict to take away them, the municipality ultimately purchased the land from the house owners for R45 710 000.

During cross-examination in Sait’s bail utility on Friday, prosecutor Lecardo Davids put it to him that Damon had in a confession to the police mentioned the 2 of them had fired the photographs which killed Smit that night time.

This model, Davids continued, was corroborated by a Section 204 witness.

He didn’t know the small print of this confession, Sait responded, and though he had his suspicions, he wouldn’t speculate who he thought this witness could possibly be.

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Sait denied the State’s model that Smit had been murdered on the home as it will be “too messy to take him out elsewhere”.

Davids additionally questioned why particular reference was made throughout his testimony the police had not examined their fingers for gunshot residue that night time, placing it to him he and his accomplices had worn latex gloves throughout the crime and Sait had used his information as a former police detective this could be what the investigating workforce could be searching for.

The prosecutor additional expressed concern that Sait, a registered personal investigator, would have the opportunity to hint people on the State’s witness listing. Sait, in flip, claimed this could serve no goal.

The State maintained it had an “extremely strong case” towards the three. According to Davids, Smit’s murder had been financially pushed, with every of the accused promised R2 million and a part of the farm.

Sait dismissed it as “a whole lot of polony”.

The bail utility continues on 23 December.


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