Franziska case postponed

2017-02-17 16:00
Franziska Blöchliger. (Supplied to Netwerk24)

Franziska Blöchliger. (Supplied to Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - Expected plea agreement proceedings against three of the four men initially arrested for allegedly raping and killing teenager Franziska Blöchliger were postponed in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Jerome Moses, Jonathan Jonas and Daniel Easter face charges of theft and possession of stolen goods after rape and murder charges against them were dropped two months ago.

The State said it was not ready to proceed.

Jonas, the only suspect with legal aid, needed to consult with his lawyer.

Moses and Easter would plead.

The case against Howard Oliver, 28, the only accused who faces the rape and murder charges, was transferred to the Western Cape High Court.

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Strangled

Blöchliger was strangled and sustained blunt-force trauma when she was robbed and raped in the Tokai Forest on March 7 2016. She had been jogging by herself and had arranged to meet her mother afterward.

She 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.

Jonas - who Oliver claimed had a gun that was used during the robbery - was out on parole on a burglary case at the time.

Easter and Moses were both released on bail after their arrest when the magistrate ruled the State's case against them for the murder and rape was weak.

Easter was allegedly found in possession of Blöchliger's stolen cellphone and Moses allegedly helped sell it.

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