Bail for 2 of the men accused of raping, murdering Tokai teen

Cape Town - Bail has been granted to two of the men accused of the murder of Tokai teenager Franziska Blöchliger.

Magistrate Hafiza Mohamed said the State had a weak case against Jerome Moses and Daniel Easter, who had made a formal bail application.

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

As it was a Schedule Six application, the onus was on the accused to provide exceptional circumstances as to why they should be released.

Mohamed ruled that the State's case was not sufficient to link the two to the crime.

Brutal murder

A post mortem found Franziska was strangled and suffocated to death, and had also sustained blunt force trauma.

Sand was found in her throat and she had been raped vaginally and anally.

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.

Bail proceedings

During bail proceedings, prosecutor Renee Uys argued that Moses - whose father is a warden at Pollsmoor Prison - had no fixed address, as he has been chased away from the living area at the Tokai prison due to his involvement in criminal activity.

The State further alleged that Moses moonlighted as a pimp.

Easter, Uys said, was a flight risk as he was a foreign national with no ties to the country.

He had also previously paid an admission of guilt fine for an unrelated case with a fake name.

Mohamed ruled that although Moses had only been living with an uncle for a few weeks before his arrest, he had a fixed address.

She also decided that Easter was not a flight risk as he had two minor children and a fixed address.

The two other accused, Howard Oliver, whose DNA was found at the scene, and Jonathan Jonas, have earlier dropped their bids to apply for bail.

The case was postponed to June 10.

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