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.

Listen to the EWN update:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
More heads expected to roll at Prasa, says Satawu

More heads expected to roll at Prasa, says Satawu

On Wednesday the passenger rail agency announced it had terminated the former company secretary's contract with immediate effect.

New Western Cape Cabinet a 'safe' option for the DA, says political analyst

New Western Cape Cabinet a 'safe' option for the DA, says political analyst

Premier Alan Winde has named his provincial team which includes old and new faces.

Is ANC Western Cape's Lionel Adendorf a victim of party's faction battles?

Is ANC Western Cape's Lionel Adendorf a victim of party's faction battles?

Suspended provincial spokesperson filed an urgent declaratory order with the high court to declare a recent meeting invalid.

Betty's Bay fire stretches over 5 000 hectares

Betty's Bay fire stretches over 5 000 hectares

The fire which started in Betty's Bay now covers three jurisdictional areas, explains Overberg fire chief Reinhard Geldenhuys.

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

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

At least 20 fire-fighting teams are strategically positioned at hotspot areas along the mountain slopes to battle flare-ups.

Police to investigate whether flare caused Betty's Bay and Pringle Bay fires

Police to investigate whether flare caused Betty's Bay and Pringle Bay fires

The blaze is thought to have started when someone set off a flare on New Year's eve, says Overstrand fire chief Lester Smith.

Popular articles
Former Morning Live co-anchor Tracy Going opens up, gets vulnerable about money

Former Morning Live co-anchor Tracy Going opens up, gets vulnerable about money

Former Morning Live co-anchor Tracy Going opens up about her attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

'Two officers jumped out of the car and started assaulting me'

'Two officers jumped out of the car and started assaulting me'

Graham Westcott tells Kieno Kammies about how the police allegedly attacked him in Sea Point, Cape Town.

[WATCH] Twin toddlers climbing a fridge has Twitter in stitches!

[WATCH] Twin toddlers climbing a fridge has Twitter in stitches!

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Boeing 737 MAX: 'Sensor broke off, computer misread data and fought the pilots'

Boeing 737 MAX: 'Sensor broke off, computer misread data and fought the pilots'

Guy Leitch, the managing editor of SA Flyer Magazine, provides insights into what caused the airplane crash.

'Thuli Madonsela’s name has been mentioned for Deputy President'

'Thuli Madonsela’s name has been mentioned for Deputy President'

Lumkile Mondi (Wits), Ferial Haffajee and Busisiwe Mavuso (Business Leadership SA) on the President's upcoming "slim" Cabinet.

Four men die after inhaling hazardous fumes in Cape Town factory

Four men die after inhaling hazardous fumes in Cape Town factory

Police are investigating the deaths which took place at Atlantic Recycling factory in Parow on Tuesday afternoon.

'Ford has treated us as if we're absolutely nothing' says Reshall Jimmy's sister

'Ford has treated us as if we're absolutely nothing' says Reshall Jimmy's sister

Reshall Jimmy died when his Ford Kuga burst into flames and his sister Renisha talks about the way the car company has behaved.