Contradiction shadows Bruno Bronn trial

Two of the three accused offer different accounts of what happened the night Bronn was murdered.

(From left) Achmat Toffa, Fareez Allie and John Frederick Coetzer are accused of murdering Cape Town nightclub owner Bruno Bronn in 2012. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - There have been contradicting statements from two men accused of murdering nightclub owner Bruno Bronn.

The Western Cape High Court has been given the police statements of John Frederick Coetzer and Fareez Allie, who offer different accounts of what happened on the night of the murder in 2012.

The two men and another accused, Achmat Toffa, are standing trial for the killing.

In his statement to police, Allie claims he and Toffa dropped Coetzer at Bronn's Greenpoint home on the night he was killed.

He claims when they returned, they went inside and saw a man's body covered with a carpet.

Allie says Coetzer left in a hurry and when they met later, he noticed Coetzer was hurt and driving a BMW.

However, Coetzer's statement is different.

The nightclub bouncer claims while he was inside Bronn's home, Allie appeared with a firearm and handed it to him.

Coetzer claims Bronn panicked and they wrestled to the floor before Allie suddenly returned and asked for Coetzer's belt.

In Coetzer's statement, he fled Bronn's home with his BMW and later handed himself over to police.