Gay massage parlor massacre trial starts

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February 03 2004 12:00 AM ET

Two men appeared in the Cape Town, South Africa, high court on Monday charged with the execution-style killing of nine men at a gay massage parlor. Judge Nathan Erasmus ordered that the accused, waiter Adam Woest and taxi driver Basil Theys, undergo 30 days of psychiatric evaluation before the case proceeds on March 2, the South African Press Association reported. Woest and Theys were not asked to plead.

Police say the men have confessed to shooting 10 people and slitting their throats during a botched robbery at Sizzlers, in the city's red light district of Sea Point. One of their alleged victims survived the January 2003 attack and is scheduled to testify against them. They face nine charges of murder, one of attempted murder, one of robbery with aggravating circumstances, and the unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

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