Samurai sword suspect moved to ’Sun City’

The Samurai sword killer will remain behind bars at the Johannesburg Prison until his trial in...

Nic Diederichs Technical High School pupils stand guard at the funeral of Jacques Pretorius. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

The Samurai sword killer will remain behind bars at the <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Johannesburg Prison until his trial in April.

Eighteen-year-old Morne Harmse allegedly attacked and killed a school mate and wounded three others at the Nic Diedrichs Technical High School in Krugersdorp last year.

Nic Diedrichs pupil Jacques Pretorius was killed, while another youngster and two garden workers sustained injuries.

Harmse did not apply for bail soon after his arrest.

On Wednesday his case was moved from the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court to the Johannesburg High Court.

His trial is set to begin on 14 April.

Harmse appeared pale and tired when he appeared on Wednesday.

His lawyer told the court the teenager’s condition had improved dramatically since his last court appearance in November last year.

Harmse’s legal team was handed a copy of the indictment which outlined the charges of murder and attempted murder against the 18-year-old.