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Suspects in rugby murder case in court

Five men accused of beating a British man to death after a rugby match will appear in court.

British Marine Brett Williams with his daughter Lailah. Williams was beaten to death after a Sharks game in Durban. Picture: Brett Williams Facebook Support Page.

JOHANNESBURG - The five men accused of beating to death a former British marine in Durban will appear in the city's magistrate's court on Monday where they face charges of murder with aggravating circumstances.

Brett Williams was killed outside the Kings Park Stadium after the Sharks played the Melbourne Rebels two weeks ago.

This is the worst outcome from a number of incidents of violence involving spectators at rugby games over the last few weeks.

KwaZulu-Natal's South African Police Service (Saps) spokesperson Vincent Mdunge said, "The victims was severely assaulted by a group of people who were assaulted him with clenched fists."

In the Western Cape a woman was rushed to hospital just over a week ago after being knocked unconscious during a fight between Stormers and Crusaders supporters.

In Port Elizabeth last Monday, former Springbok scrumhalf Robert du Preez was attacked, allegedly by Brakpan fans after the Community Cup Final.

Meanwhile, South African Rugby Union (Saru) President Oregan Hoskins has strongly condemned all the incidents and said Williams' alleged killers must receive the harshest possible punishment.

"I hope the perpetrators are jailed for the rest of their lives and never come out again."