Anene case transferred to high court

2013-07-09 21:56
The spot where Anene Booysen's body was found. (Picture: Jerusha Sukhdeo, News24)

The spot where Anene Booysen's body was found. (Picture: Jerusha Sukhdeo, News24)

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Cape Town - A man appeared in the Bredasdorp Magistrate's Court on Tuesday in connection with the rape and murder of teenager Anene Booysen, the NPA said.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said the court transferred the case against Johannes Kana, 21, to the Western Cape High Court, which would hold a pre-trial conference on 6 September.

He said Kana's trial would start on 7 October in the Swellendam Circuit Court.

"It is taken to the circuit court in Swellendam because it is the only facility in the area that has all the equipment for a high court case, and it is bigger than the magistrate's court rooms in Bredasdorp."

Kana would remain in custody.

The State alleges Kana unlawfully and deliberately sexually penetrated Booysen with his penis or with another object not known to the State, between 1 and 2 February this year, near Kleinbegin, Bredasdorp.

It alleges that Kana then used his hand or another object to disembowel her, which resulted in her death at Tygerberg Hospital on Saturday, 2 February.

Charges dropped against co-accused

In May, the State dropped charges against Kana's co-accused, 22-year-old Jonathan Davids.

At the time, Ntabazalila said an investigation had revealed there was insufficient evidence to secure a conviction.

"We understand the sense of shock and outrage that was induced by the incident. However, as the prosecution we can only prosecute successfully on sufficient evidence," he said.

Before she died, Booysen said from her hospital bed that five or six men were involved in the attack.

She named "Zwai", which was both the nickname of Davids and another man said to live in Zwelitsha.

Davids and Kana confirmed they were at the same pub as Booysen that night.

- SAPA

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