Alleged Tokai Forest killer smiles during court appearance

2017-02-10 13:14
Franziska Blöchliger. (Supplied)

Franziska Blöchliger. (Supplied)

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Cape Town - A man charged with raping and killing Kalk Bay teenager Franziska Blöchliger made a brief second appearance in the Western Cape High Court on Friday.

Howard Oliver, 28, stood in the dock as his lawyer Ken Klopper explained that his client would only be pleading guilty to a robbery charge.

During bail proceedings Oliver admitted in an affidavit that he had robbed the 16-year-old as she jogged through Tokai Forest on March 7, but denied killing her.

A post-mortem found that Blöchliger was strangled and sustained blunt force trauma.

Judge Andre le Grange asked if Oliver had heard everything his lawyer said.

When he gave a sheepish smile, the judge reminded him to listen carefully in future.

He will remain in custody until his next pre-trial hearing on April 24.

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Suspect was on parole

Jerome Moses, Jonathan Jonas and Daniel Easter were initially arrested and charged for the same crimes as Oliver.

They now only face charges relating to Blöchliger's stolen belongings.

At a previous appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court, it emerged that Jonas - who allegedly had the gun that was used in the attack on Blöchliger - was out on parole at the time.

Easter, who was allegedly in possession of Blöchliger's stolen cellphone following her murder, was released on R1 000 bail in 2016.

The fourth accused, Moses, who allegedly helped sell her cellphone, is also out on bail.

Blöchliger was found naked and on her knees, with her neck twisted into an unnatural position.

According to police, a bra and T-shirt had been used to strangle her. One of her shoelaces was tied around her neck. She was bleeding from the face and genitals.

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