Girlfriend quizzed in Anika murder inquest

2015-09-16 16:32
 Anika Smit

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Pretoria - A young woman spent Wednesday being subjected to endless questions over what her boyfriend did the day Anika Smit was murdered and her hands cut off.

Much of the questioning revolved around scratch marks that appeared on his body around the time Smit died, and whether her boyfriend, who she described as a bit of an outsider who hung out with the smokers, had anything to do with the occult.

She insisted that the scratch marks were from an incident in which her boyfriend picked his sister up and carried her inside the house when she was about to storm over to her former fiancé's house about a message he had left on Facebook.

She painted a picture of them as an inseparable couple who sent each other love poems and said he had even written a song for her.

He was at her house almost every day and would return to his own house late at night.

On the day in 2010 when Anika was murdered, she remembers that they fought before school over a letter a girl in a lower grade had sent him, and she ignored him for a while, then sent him a text message asking where he was.

He said he was at home and after school, he gave her a teddy bear which he had bought after selling his violin.

She said she did not know Smit, who was in a lower grade, apart from by sight, and did not follow the finer details of Smit's murder because she was overwhelmed by her own issues - the domestic abuse of somebody close to her.

She was upset by Smit's murder, though.

She explained that she met her boyfriend on a Mxit group set up by a friend and she went by the user name Penguin, and he as Vampire.

But, in spite of relentless questioning over the possibility that her boyfriend was involved in the occult, she said the vampire thing was just something teenagers were interested in.

She was a churchgoer, and he had been confirmed into his church. A Mxit message to him to get rid of somebody was not serious, it was just stupid, and she deeply regretted it.

She quipped that the court could phone the man the message was about and confirm that he was still alive.

Shown the front cover of a book of spells allegedly found in her boyfriend's house, she said she had never seen it before. 

The court was also shown a picture of three different calibres of bullets found in his home. She said he was due to inherit two firearms.

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