Pieter van Westhuizen's lawyer speaks out after robbers shot dead at church in Centurion

Pieter van Westhuizen's lawyer speaks out after robbers shot dead at church in Centurion

Two robbers were killed, and their accomplices injured when they stormed into church service in Wierdapark, Centurion on Sunday morning.

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Pieter van der Westhuizen's lawyer, Ulrich Roux caught up with Breakfast with Martin Bester a few days after the unfortunate event at the chirch service in Wierdapark, Centurion. 

Roux emphasises that they are waiting for the police to complete their investigation. No charges have yet been filed against Pieter (van der Westhuizen). "In this specific matter, there was overwhelming evidence that my client acted in self-defense."

Martin Bester said there are a lot of questions around self-defense. When is it okay to shoot at someone through self-defense?

Roux says, “In order for it to be lawful there must be an attack on you or someone else’s life. However, your actions cannot exceed the bounds of self-defense. It should be proportional to the act towards you.”

A congregation member, Pieter van der Westhuizen, brother of the rugby hero Joost, fired back with accuracy.

None of the congregants were seriously injured.

Van der Westhuizen's lawyer, Ulrich Roux said that they’re cooperating with the police investigating the incident.

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Roux joined Breakfast with Martin Bester on Monday morning regarding the shooting on Sunday.

‘Of course, a very traumatic thing that happened and fortunately no innocent people were hurt. There is a police investigation ongoing so I can not divulge too much about it.’ Roux said. 

Van der Westhuizen, a former policeman, apparently drew his own licensed weapon when he saw the assailant’s weapon against the pastor's head.

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