Brackenfell: The 40-year-old mother from Protea Heights, Brackenfell, Nelmari van der Westhuizen, will remain behind bars until her next court appearance on 14 May 2021.
This according to a Netwerk24 report, Van der Westhuizen and her boyfriend, Petrus Wilders were arrested last month on charges of
burglary and theft.
Magistrate Cyril Kroutz granted Wilders bail of R10 000 in the Stellenbosch Magistrate's Court on Monday. Van der Westhuizen was denied bail.
During the ruling, Kroutz said that Van der Westhuizen has a tendency to commit the same type of crimes of which she has now been charged again.
Van der Westhuizen has five previous convictions for burglary with intent to steal and theft. She was sentenced in 1998 on charges of burglary and theft.
Van der Westhuizen was previously sentenced on charges of burglary with intent to steal and theft in 1998, 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2019.
The court also heard on Monday that, in addition to the case in Stellenbosch, there are
two other cases against her for burglary with intent to steal and theft pending.
Wilders and Van der Westhuizen are also facing charges of burglary and theft in the magistrates' courts in Bellville and Franschhoek.
The court also heard that the two, according to their own testimony, are members of a syndicate.
Van der Westhuizen's legal representative, Wildre Fourie argued that her client is a mother of 4 children and that they are financially dependent on her.
Kroutz wasn't convinced and said that her children were in her parents' care and that her parents had always cared for her four children - whether she was in jail or not.
Fourie also argued that the state's case against her is very weak. According to him, there is no footage or direct evidence linking her to the theft. According to Fourie, there is only circumstantial evidence against her.
The court also rejected that argument. Kroutz reminded Fourie that she had admitted her part in the incident and that she had also returned some of the stolen goods found at her parents' home.
Kroutz said the court does not have the ability to see into the future and cannot predict whether someone released on bail will turn to crime again.
"But the court must consider and protect the interests of the community, and unfortunately for accused no. 1 she has a proven track record to commit the same type of crimes over and over."
"Therefore the court believe there is a high possibility that she will turn to crime again if she is released", Kroutz said.
The case against them has been adjourned until 14 May 2021."https://nari.co.za/profiles/user-images/posts/images/nvdw-wilders.jpg",
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