The so-called “steroid king” Brian Wainstein was murdered in 2017 and now the three men accused of having had a hand in his killing deny any involvement and have been released on bail
The Minister of Police Bheki Cele, has reacted to the arrests of three men allegedly linked to the Cape Town criminal underworld, saying the latest developments were only a start.
Mark Lifman, Jerome Booysen and William Stevens were arrested in connection with the killing of steroid smuggler Brian Wainstein.
They were nabbed in one of the phases of an ongoing investigation into allegations of including extortion, dealing in drugs, fraud, corruption and money laundering.
The trio were arrested by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as the Hawks.
Cele said the fact that they were nabbed was already a tremendous victory for the authorities.
“This is only the beginning of our efforts as the police to tighten the grip on these crimes committed by the underworld and run extortion rackets that undermine the state and threaten the livelihoods of local economies,” Cele said.
The men appeared before the Cape Town Magistrates court on Wednesday, 23 December 2020, where they were each granted R100 000 bail and are due back in court on 9 February 2021.
The State in the case alleges that Lifman had paid Booysen, who in turn paid Stevens to have Wainstein killed – all in a bid to have control of the lucrative illegal steroid market.
In an affidavit, Litman denied any involvement in Wainstein’s murder.
“The incident was allegedly committed between May and August 2017. Although I am aware of who the deceased is, I deny I in any way conspired with any other person to cause his death, nor was I in any way involved in his death,” he said.
“In respect of this matter, completely and unexpectedly I was advised by my lawyer that there was a warrant of arrest issued against me and I was requested to report to the Cape Town police station to arrange for me to appear in court.”
Pleading his case, Litman said he had long co-operated with the police and prosecuting authorities in this matter.
“In fact, I would have reported earlier to the police to have the matter placed on the court roll, but due to my travelling for business purposes to Johannesburg and Durban in the period since my lawyer received a phone call from the prosecutor meant I was unable to do so,” he said.