Hit-and-run case back in court, accused threatens journalist

The man charged with the 2019 death of local businesswoman Letisia Niemann has been described as ‘cold and showing no remorse’ to the victim’s family during his court appearances over the past two past years and four months.

Johan Louwrens is accused of being the driver of a hit-and-run outside Mustangs – The Dancing Place which left her dead.
Louwrens appeared in Nelspruit Magistrates’ Court on February 25, where Niemann’s husband, Eben, said he continued to show no remorse towards him or Niemann’s family.

“I’m still at every court appearance and in the two years it’s been in court, he’s never shown remorse,” Eben said.

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“Not once did he come to me or the family to apologize, or say it was an accident or anything. He told the court he was innocent. He has a very bad attitude, he plays the victim for everyone,” he said.

Additionally, during Louwrens’ appearance on February 25, he became aggressive and threatening towards one of the Lowvelder reporters covering the case.
He told the reporter, “I’m going to piss you off” while the reporter was in court.

Louwrens had also previously visited the newspaper’s offices to ask the editor to refrain from reporting on the matter, as it “damaged his reputation”.

According to a previous Lowvelder article about the incident, a friend of the couple, Jacques Kotze, said a group of friends held a braai at the Niemanns’ home on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

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He said the couple lived on the same premises as their business, Quality Sandblasting and Powder Coating, right next to Mustangs.
Afterwards, the group had a drink at the bar, where an event had taken place.

Letisia and Eben were walking home when she was hit by a bakkie. The incident happened in front of the club entrance at 11:00 p.m.
The vehicle spun. A few hours later, she died of her injuries in hospital. Louwrens surrendered to the police two days later.