DNA evidence links one accused to Tokai teen's murder

2016-04-28 17:05
Franziska Blöchliger. (Supplied to Netwerk24)

Franziska Blöchliger. (Supplied to Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - DNA evidence has confirmed the involvement of one of the accused in the rape and murder of Franziska Blöchliger, it was revealed in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Prosecutor Renee Uys said, while the remaining three accused had not yet been linked to the teen's death, they could not be excluded from the case.

Two of the four, Jerome Moses and Daniel Easter, made a formal bail application.

Howard Oliver, whose DNA was found at the scene, and Jonathan Jonas, have dropped their bids.

According to an affidavit read by Uys on behalf of investigating officer Jan Coetzee, Moses - whose father is a warden at Pollsmoor Prison - had no fixed address as he has been chased away from the living area at the Tokai prison due to his involvement in criminal activity.

The State further alleged that Moses moonlighted as a pimp.

Easter, Uys said, was a flight risk as he was a foreign national with no ties to the country.

He had also previously paid an admission of guilt fine for an unrelated case with a fake name.

When Uys told the court that the community may take the law into their own hands should the men be released, the gallery responded with a resounding, "Yes!".

A post mortem found Franziska was strangled and suffocated to death, and had also sustained blunt force trauma.

Sand was found in her throat and she had been raped vaginally and anally.

The 16-year-old girl was found dead in Tokai Forest on March 7. She had arranged to meet her mother after going jogging in the popular recreational area by herself. When Franziska did not arrive at the agreed meeting place, the family began to worry.

She was later found strangled and raped. She had been robbed of her iPhone, watch, headset, and diamond ring.

The accused are understood to have been linked to the crime through witnesses, and were found in possession of her belongings.

Magistrate Hafiza Mohamed was expected to make her ruling on May 6.

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