MOSSEL BAY NEWS - The trial of five accused of the murder of Heila Kilian on a farm outside Still Bay continued yesterday with the testimony of Kilian's sister, Brenda Thomas.
Kilian had been visiting her sister Brenda and her husband David when they were attacked during an evening braai.
Thomas told the court how the attackers tied her up and attempted to strangle her during the two-hour ordeal.
Thomas said that because she had spent most of the attack with her eyes closed either praying or pretending to be unconscious and because the attackers' faces were covered she could not identify them.
She could however, hear her husband David's cries of pain as he was beaten by the attackers.
There was total silence in the courtroom as she addressed the accused during her testimony, telling them "Remember what I said to you that night? I said 'My brother, I forgive you and God forgives you. But tomorrow you will remember tonight and know that there is a true and living God."
Before she addressed the court, Thomas told the Advertiser that she was eager to look her alleged attackers in the eye and that she had no fear of being in the same room as them.
Brenda's husband, David, is expected to testify today.
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