Man accused of starting fatal Overstrand fire appears in court

The man accused of starting the deadly fire that's ravaging parts of the Overstrand has made a brief appearance in court.

34-year-old Shelton April appeared in the Caledon Magistrates Court on Monday afternoon, reports EWN's Monique Mortlock.

April is facing one count of contravening the National Environmental Management Act.

Read: Betty's Bay fire stretches over 5 000 hectares

The fire has so far claimed the life of a 59-year-old woman in Pringle Bay and at least two other people have been injured.

The court has heard two more charges could be brought against him, Mortlock adds.

There are two other charges that are also likely to be brought against him.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

Also read: Man arrested in connection with Overstrand fire which has caused one fatality

Two media houses have requested permission to photograph and film court proceedings, an application which the accused is opposing.

Shelton April made a quick appearance. He is going to be opposing the media's request to take pictures and record the court proceedings.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

The matter has been postponed to next Monday in order to finalise his charge sheet and issues over his bail proceedings.

Meanwhile, the accused will remain in police custody.

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