Case against Brakpan accused postponed

2014-01-07 10:54

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Johannesburg - The man accused of raping and killing his 4-year-old niece appeared in the Brakpan Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Dressed in a striped black and grey T-shirt and grey tracksuit pants, the 23-year-old looked at his hands throughout proceedings.

The court was packed to capacity, with many of the supporters wearing pink T-shirts. The girl was wearing a pink shirt on the day she was killed.

No phones, cameras, or tablet computers were allowed in the court. Before proceedings began, court orderlies evicted several men dressed in shorts from the room.

The accused mumbled to magistrate Khatija Abba that he would like to apply for a State lawyer. His case was postponed to 13 January to give him time to do so.

Protesters outside

Dozens of people, also in pink T-shirts, were gathered outside the court. Many of them called for him to be released to them so they could mete out justice to him.

Police arrested the man after the girl was reported missing on Saturday 28 December.

"A missing person's report was issued on Saturday morning and the police and the community started looking [for the girl]. We had to do our own investigation," police spokesperson Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng said at the time.

Police then interviewed the family.

"We identified that one of the family members did not give a confident story... he gave many versions."

Mofokeng said the man was charged with kidnapping. Later "he gave in and confessed" and helped police find the girl's body underneath a bed in her father's flat, on Voortrekker Street.

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