RELEASED:Preston Julies, 47

A man facing two charges of attempted murder after a shooting allegedly linked to the illegal perly trade is out on bail.

Despite witness statements linking him to the scene in Soetfontein, Buffelsjag on July 16, Preston Julies’ attorney read out a statement denying his involvement.

Julies claims his girlfriend can confirm that he was at home recovering from an infection after he was circumcised.

Julies, 47, is accused of wounding three people in a shooting, believed to be linked territorial fights in the perly poaching industry.

The court also took into consideration that Julies’ last conviction was more than 25 years ago in 1989.

He was released on bail of R5 000 and has to adhere to strict bail conditions including having to report to Hermanus SAPS three times per week.

The case was postponed to October 26 for further investigation.