Tokai teen's murder case back in court

2016-06-10 05:38
(Jenna Etheridge, News24)

(Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town – Four men accused of raping and murdering 16-year-old Franziska Blochliger in Tokai Forest are expected to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Friday.   

During their last appearance, Magistrate Hafiza Mohamed said the teen's murder was the most heinous she had seen in her entire career.

She was speaking during the bail hearing of two of the men accused of the teen's murder.

She said, despite the brutality of the incident, the State's case against the two was weak.

Close family friends and loved ones gasped when Mohamed granted Jerome Moses and Daniel Easter bail.

Moses was released on R2 000 bail and Easter on R1 000.

Robbed

Outside the Wynberg Magistrate's Court, those who attended proceedings said they were disgusted that the two would "be let back on to the streets".

Franziska's father Florian attended a previous appearance, saying he wanted to see the men accused of killing his daughter.

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.

Mohamed said the State had strong circumstantial evidence, including the suspects being in possession of the cellphone.

Read more on:    franziska blochliger  |  cape town  |  crime

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