Fourth suspect due in court over Stellenbosch student's murder

2017-06-20 06:04
Matie student Hannah Cornelius. (Netwerk24)

Matie student Hannah Cornelius. (Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - A fourth man suspected to have been involved in the kidnapping, rape and murder of Stellenbosch University student Hannah Cornelius will appear in court for a bail application on Tuesday.

Eben van Niekerk was arrested and charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of the student.

He appeared in the Stellenbosch Magistrate’s Court on May 30.

NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said more charges are expected to be laid relating to the assault of Cheslin Marsh, a friend of the deceased.

Van Niekerk’s co-accused have abandoned their intentions to apply for bail and were expected back in court on July 28, Ntabazalila said.

Nashwill Julies appeared in the same court on May 30, on charges of murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and abduction.

The 28-year-old’s case was added to those of the first two accused in the matter, Vernon Witbooi, 32, and Geraldo Parsons, 26.

Cornelius and Marsh, also a student, were hijacked in Bird Street, Stellenbosch, on May 27.

They had been sitting and chatting in her blue Citi Golf.

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