Newcastle farm murder case: Suspect ditches bail

Newcastle farm murder case: Suspect ditches bail

The man suspected of killing a Normandien couple has abandoned his bid for bail.

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Siyabonga Macu was arrested in Osizweni just over a week ago.

Glen and Vida Rafferty were killed on their farm last month after returning home from a day out visiting friends.

The 29-year-old Macu appeared on Monday in the Newcastle Magistrate's Court and was expected to apply for bail.

The couple's daughter-in-law Tamsyn Rafferty says the family is happy with the outcome.

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"It's important that somebody like that is not on the street and isn't able to commit any other crime within the community. So we are grateful, we are happy and it's a good first step in terms of closing this case." 

The matter has been adjourned to late October. 

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