Franziska fought back in Tokai Forest attack, court hears

2016-12-09 18:40
Franziska Blöchliger (Supplied to Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - Seven versions of what happened on the afternoon Kalk Bay teenager Franziska Blöchliger was murdered have been given by the main accused in the matter, the investigating officer testified in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Friday.

During bail proceedings involving accused Howard Oliver, Warrant Officer Jan Coetzee said a number of accounts had been given by Oliver, including falsely implicating an acquaintance in the Tokai Forest murder.

Coetzee's affidavit was read out by prosecutor Renee Uys.

Other versions of what happened, according to the affidavit, apparently range from him "only raping and robbing" her, to him wanting to plead guilty to the charges against him.

Oliver, along with three others, has been charged with the murder, rape and robbery of the 16-year-old after she was accosted while jogging on March 7.

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

Suffocated or strangled to death

A bra and T-shirt had been used to strangle her and one of her shoelaces had been tied around her neck.

She was bleeding from the face and genitals.

A pathologist confirmed that she had been suffocated or strangled to death.

Coetzee said Oliver had told police that he had robbed the teen of her cellphone, that he had acted alone, that he had tied her with her shoelaces, and that she had been breathing when he left the scene.

According to the affidavit, Oliver had also said that Blöchliger fought back, and that he had pulled down her pants so that when she regained consciousness she would have to first get dressed, giving him more time to escape.

Coetzee believed he pulled down her pants to rape her.

Robbery to pay for crèche fees

The detective said Oliver's DNA had also been found under her fingernails.

No other genetic material was discovered.

Oliver, on Tuesday in an affidavit, said he intended pleading guilty to a robbery charge, but denied raping and murdering Blöchliger.

He claimed he had robbed the girl as she jogged through Tokai Forest to pay for his child's crèche fees. This after he was unable to get a loan from work.

Oliver allegedly ran into co-accused Jonathan Jonas before the robbery.

He told the court he had grabbed Blöchliger from behind in a chokehold until she lost consciousness.

Blöchliger dragged into fynbos

When the teen regained consciousness, Jonas allegedly told her to hand over her personal items. She gave him her ring and watch.

Oliver said he never asked Jonas – apparently armed with a gun - to accompany or help him.

In his affidavit, he said he attempted to convince Jonas to put the gun away as it would "make everything worse".

Jonas allegedly then turned the gun on him and Blöchliger, who was dragged into the fynbos where the gunman allegedly shoved her face into the ground and raped her.

Jonas laughed and shook his head as he listened to the testimony against him.

Oliver also claimed that Jonas had made numerous threats against him, but Coetzee countered that he was "not the victim in jail that he would like the court to believe".

He said he received information that Oliver was "popular" behind bars.

Stalled plea deal talks

It was also discovered that Oliver had smuggled a cellphone into jail upon his arrest by hiding the device in his anus. In October alone, six other cellphones were found near him.

Coetzee said he believed Oliver was a flight risk, had no fixed address and was now unemployed.

Oliver had previously been in talks with the State about a plea deal, but these stalled after the prosecution would not budge on life imprisonment.

Co-accused Jerome Moses was finalising a plea and sentencing agreement for possession of stolen property. He had apparently helped Oliver sell the stolen cellphone.

Last month, he was granted relaxed bail conditions to allow him to be treated at a drug rehabilitation centre in Elsies River until January 20.

The fourth accused, Daniel Easter, would plead guilty to possession of stolen property for having Blöchliger's cellphone, which he allegedly bought from Oliver and Moses.

The matter was postponed to Tuesday for closing arguments.

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