Anika Smit's dad not capable of killing his daughter, court hears

2016-02-29 17:30
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Pretoria – Anika Smit's father was not capable of killing his own daughter, a court heard on Monday.

But she was possibly involved with Satanism because of the way she changed her hair colour, nail colour and lip colour to black.

The inquest into the death of 17-year-old Anika continued in the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court, with her father’s neighbour, Roelof Pottas, giving his testimony.

Pottas told the court that he believed she was possibly involved with Satanism shortly before she was murdered on April 10 2010.

After Anika's death her father had a very tough time, Pottas said.

"The only time I heard him after the murder was when he played sad music over weekends. I told my wife that he is a very heartbroken man."

When Pottas was asked about the possibility of Johan killing his own daughter he said that he didn’t believe it was possible at all.

Pottas said that Anika went to stay with her mother in the Cape for about two years before moving back to her father in 2009.

"I asked her why she's back. She told me that she spent enough time at her mother for now and wanted to stay at her dad again."

'I saw blood'

Pottas said he believed Anika was involved with Satanism because of the sudden change in hair and nail colour.

"Anika's hair colour changed shortly afterward from blonde to dark black and her nails were also painted black and her lips also. I told my wife that it worries me and indicates that she is involved with Satanism... [the] indication came after reading books about it because it is one of the horrible things in life that is a reality and some people get involved with it. I also read that it is almost impossible to quit Satanism."

He claimed that her hair changed back to normal again before she was killed and that her sombre mood also changed back to the happy person he knew.

Pottas told the court that he had known Anika’s father, Johan Smit, for 23 years and that, apart from Johan, was the first person on the scene when she was murdered.

He said he heard a knock on his door on that fateful day and upon opening it saw Johan standing there looking quite shocked.

"I asked him if he wanted to enter. I immediately saw that something was very wrong. His eyes were big in his head and he struggled to get words out of his mouth. He said, 'I think my child has been murdered' and asked me to go with him."

Pottas asked Johan if he had been in the house and he said "yes".

"He said it was strange that the security gate was open along with the front door. There were no dogs that greeted him. He went in and saw the house was untidy... he walked in her room and saw her laying there and didn't want to enter any further. He turned around and came to me."

Pottas described what he had seen when he entered the house.

"I went with him to his house. We entered and when we walked past the dining room, I saw a chair that was upside down and I saw blood."

Graphic images

He entered Anika’s bedroom and saw her naked on the floor with blood stains next to her head, both her hands were cut off and a bottle was sticking out from between her legs.

Graphic images were shown to the court of the crime scene. Both parents, Johan and Anika’s mother, Charlotte Eksteen, turning their heads away from the screens.

Pottas pointed out that the young girl’s legs were different in the crime scene photos than when he was in the room the first time.

He said that he didn’t know Anika’s boyfriend, Nico Venter, but did see him a few times.

He recalled one instance a few months before her death where he saw them talking outside of Anika’s house. According to Pottas, Anika tried to kiss him, but he pushed her away. He said that he thought they were having an argument.

Venter’s lawyer, Anton van Staden, said his client did tell him that there were a few times he was upset with things Anika did and he might have reacted like that, saying "he was not the type of person to just give a kiss and move on if something bothered him".

The inquest will continue on May 17.

Read more on:    anika smit  |  pretoria  |  crime

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