Cape Town teen's alleged killer in court

2013-08-12 22:27


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Cape Town - A man accused of killing a teenage girl and dismembering her body appeared in the Blue Downs District Court on Monday afternoon.

Johannes Christiaan de Jager, 48, wearing a blue fleece top and jeans, was told his case was being transferred to the Western Cape High Court.

He applied for legal aid because his lawyer had withdrawn due to a lack of funding.

His case was postponed until 13 September, for a pre-trial conference in the high court.

His trial was set down for 7 to 31 October.

De Jager allegedly murdered Charmaine Mare, 16, in January, while staying at her home in Kraaifontein, in Cape Town's northern suburbs.

At the time, Mare's mother and other family members were away on a sea cruise.

He also allegedly raped and murdered a prostitute, Hiltina Alexander, in May, 2008.

De Jager faces charges of murder, aggravated robbery, defeating the ends of justice, dismembering a corpse and fraud.

It was alleged that he buried Mare's partially burned torso in a deserted piece of ground in Kraaifontein, and that he hid her arms and legs in a carton in the garage of her home.

He also allegedly falsely reported the girl as missing to police.

De Jager has already appeared in the Atlantis District Court for Alexander's murder.

The two cases are to be combined.

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