Franziska murder accused says sorry to parents in letter

2016-04-25 12:02
Franziska Blöchliger. (Supplied to Netwerk24)

Franziska Blöchliger. (Supplied to Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - One of the men accused of the rape and murder of teenager Franziska Blöchliger in Tokai Forest has written a letter to her parents expressing his remorse, according to a weekend report.

According to the Sunday Argus, 27-year-old Howard Oliver brought a handwritten letter to the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on April 5 and was seen talking it over with his lawyer.

The letter reportedly contained an apology to the Blöchligers and conveyed Oliver’s remorse.

The family’s advocate, Adrian Samuels, confirmed the letter’s existence to the Argus, and that the Blöchligers were aware it existed.

He said it was premature for the letter to be submitted in court.

One of the four men abandoned his bail application in court that day, News24 reported. The legal representatives of the other three suspects asked for a postponement as DNA results were still outstanding.

It is not clear if Oliver was the one who abandoned his bail application.

All four face charges of murder, rape, and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Each suspect faces six counts of rape. 

‘Inner peace’

Last month, Franziska's father Florian Blöchliger said the family would be leaving the country to find inner peace, News24 reported.

On his Facebook page, Florian said: "We are leaving SA for a while and hope to find some inner peace. Love u all... Florian, Shireen and Sophia."

The family thanked all those who had supported them and said the family needed time to gather themselves.

"We just need some time for ourselves. We need time to find peace and gather ourselves. We are going [to] the middle of nowhere," he said.

Read more on:    franziska ­blöchliger  |  cape town  |  crime

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