Man arrested 16 years after teen's murder

2015-09-14 21:31

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Johannesburg – A 38-year-old man appeared in a Cape Town court in connection with the rape and murder of a teenager 16 years ago, the NPA said on Monday.

He is accused of raping and murdering Valencia Farmer, 14, in June 1999. He is the seventh person arrested in connection with the crime.

He would remain in custody in the Mfuleni police station until his next appearance on September 21, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said.

He was offered a Legal Aid lawyer, but opted to conduct his own defence.

Netwerk24 reported that the investigating officer, Lieutenant Colonel Eddie Clark, got a warrant for the man's arrest after new information came to light.

Farmer was led to an abandoned house in Eucalyptus Street, Eersterivier, in June 1999. She was raped, repeatedly stabbed and her throat was slit. She crawled into the street where a neighbour found her. She died in Tygerberg Hospital, but was able to tell police who her attackers were.

Six men were initially arrested. Glenville Faro and Franklyn Roberts received two life sentences each. They failed to get parole this year and would apply again early next year.

Russel van Wyk, who was 16 when he was sentenced in March 2001, got 23 years in jail. Both of his parole applications, in 2013 and 2014, were rejected. 

Two others were released because they could not be linked to the crime. The sixth man was acquitted due to a lack of evidence.

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