Inquest into teen's rape, murder to start

2015-09-14 05:45
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Durban - A judicial inquest into the death of Anika Smit, the 17-year-old Pretoria schoolgirl whose hands were cut off in her 2010 murder, is set to begin on Monday.

The Grade 11 pupil at Hoerskool Gerrit Maritz in Pretoria had been raped, her throat was slit, and her hands were cut off.

Smit had not gone to school that day because of an ear infection.

At the time, her boyfriend was accused of killing her at her father's home in Theresa Park in Pretoria North in March 2010.

But charges against him were later withdrawn.

It has been reported that the State may subpoena her father Johan Smit, and her former boyfriend Nico Venter to testify.

The Pretoria West Magistrates court will hear evidence to establish if there was a prima facie case against anyone.

Her father told the paper that the investigation into her murder had come to a standstill after investigating officer Mike van Aardt was transferred to the Oscar Pistorius case.

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