Police investigate sexual assault in Cuburné van Wyk murder case

2014-08-15 16:44

An investigation is under way to determine if three-year-old Cuburné van Wyk was sexually assaulted, and if there was an attempt to get rid of evidence.

“The possibility of sexual assault is being investigated, and the setting alight of the body to allegedly destroy evidence,” said senior public prosecutor Henk Strydom at the Boksburg Magistrates’ Court today.

The man arrested in connection with Van Wyk’s murder made his first appearance behind closed doors following a court order that it be held in camera.

Strydom said the order prohibited publication of the accused’s identity and his photographs. This was because certain witnesses still had to attend an identity parade and identify the accused.

The court did not allow any media or public into Courtroom A where the accused appeared. His name also did not appear on the court roll.

The man, believed to be in his mid-20s, faces charges of murder, and possibly kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice.

His case was postponed to August 22 for a bail application and he was remanded in police custody until his next appearance.

Strydom said the accused wanted to represent himself during court proceedings and had not requested the services of an attorney.

The state intended opposing bail.

Strydom today also reprimanded a journalist from Jacaranda FM because the radio station had disclosed the name of the accused before the court order was issued.

He warned that anyone caught defying the court order would be charged with contempt of court.

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