Teen back in court for Griekwastad murders

2013-11-08 08:46
The Steenkamp farm in Naauwhoek, Northern Cape. (Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

The Steenkamp farm in Naauwhoek, Northern Cape. (Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

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Johannesburg - The trial of a 17-year-old boy accused of murdering a family on their farm Naauwhoek, near Griekwastad, continues in the Northern Cape High Court on Friday.

There was a ruling on Thursday to allow the media to continue sitting for the trial despite a request that "upsetting" details not be made public.

Northern Cape Judge President Frans Kgomo said there was no sound reason to recall his previous order or to amend it.

Prosecutor Hannes Cloete told reporters they believed that the evidence to be presented was too sensitive.

Kgomo is hearing evidence in the trial of the youth accused of murdering Northern Cape farmer Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christelle, 43, and daughter Marthella, 14.

They were shot on their farm Naauwhoek on 6 April 2012. The teenager also faces a charge of rape and defeating the ends of justice.

The evidence the State and defence did not want the media to report on was in relation to the alleged rape of the daughter.
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