Moms in Booysen case chat

2013-07-10 00:00

BREDASDORP — Corlia Olivier ­yesterday appeared for the first time in the public gallery during the pre-trail of the man who is accused of raping and murdering her adopted daughter.

After Anene Booysen (17) was raped, disemboweled and left for dead with her bones broken in early February, Olivier left Bredasdorp.

Anene died in hospital after whispering the name of her attacker to Olivier, who then left town, reportedly moving to Greyton, an hour’s drive away from Bredasdorp.

Olivier sat next to Lena Riekers, the mother of Johannes Kana (21), who admitted that he had raped Anene, but denied murdering her.

The state prosecutor advocate Maria Marshall did not accept his plea and said there were facts that he had not admitted to.

Magistrate Graham Cupido then changed Kana’s plea to not guilty.

After Cupido had postponed the case to September 6 for the last pre-trial, Olivier yesterday quickly left the court room and avoided the media.

Riekers told the media she was still convinced her son did not cause Booysen’s death. “Anene said one name before she died and that name was not the name of my son. It was Zwai,” said Riekers.

The court yesterday transferred the case to the Circuit Court at Swellendam and announced the trial would start on October 7 after the next pre-trail, which starts on September 6 in the Western Cape High Court. At this pre-trail all the parties must indicate whether their investigations have been concluded.

Marshall said the state planned to call 52 witnesses.

Kana’s attorney, Pieter du Toit, did not say how many witnesses the defence would call, but confirmed he would warn them to be at court.

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