Paarl farm manager to remain behind bars

File: A farm manager accused of allegedly assaulting a security guard and then tying him to a pole with chain will remain in custody until a psychiatrist has assessed him. Photo: Digital Vision

PAARL - A farm manager accused of allegedly assaulting a security guard and then tying him to a pole with chain will remain in custody until a psychiatrist has assessed him.

This despite his lawyer arguing that his client Christoff Briers-Louw will die in jail if he doesn’t receive urgent treatment for a serious heart problem.

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Briers-Louw is applying for bail in die Paarl Magistrate’s Court where he is facing charges of attempted murder and theft.

It is alleged he assaulted Eenzaamheid farm security guard Curly Pieterse last month.

In a statement read out by the prosecutor on Friday, Pieterse said the assault was so severe he felt like he was going to die.

A specialist testified that Briers-Louw has been suffering from a severe heart problem for the past 16 years.

Rust Theron said the accused showed symptoms of a heart attack after he was admitted to the Paarl regional hospital on Thursday.

But the magistrate wants a psychiatrist to explain why Briers-Louw should be allowed to be treated at a Port Elizabeth hospital, as requested.

The bail application resumes on Monday.

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