Sentencing for teen’s murderer

2017-06-06 06:00

Howard Oliver from Westlake, who was found guilty of the rape, robbery and murder of 16-year-old Franziska Blochliger in the Tokai forest about a year ago, will know his fate tomorrow.

Oliver was found guilty in the Western Cape High Court last Tuesday. Oliver was one of four people arrested for her murder.

In his admission of guilt to the court he told of how he killed the teenager.

“When I grabbed the deceased from behind, I went for her neck so as to prevent her from making any noise and to demobilise her immediately. My legal representative explained to me that the postmortem indicates that the hyoid bone in the deceased’s neck was fractured and I confirm that I used enough force that I could have,” he wrote.

“After she lost consciousness I dragged her body into the fynbos nearby. As I dragged her body, her body would get caught in the fynbos causing the abrasions on her body described in the postmortem.”

The father of two went on to say he dragged her body deep enough into the fynbos so that no-one could see her.

He went through the process of removing her cellphone, earphones and ring.

“I saw a watch on her when I grabbed her but when I looked for it I could not find it. After I tied a shoelace around her hands and mouth I decided to rape her. I positioned her body by placing her chest and head into the sand with her buttocks in the air. As I was doing this I removed all her clothing,” he wrote.

Oliver went on to describe how he raped the teenager.

“Before leaving her I discovered that she was not breathing. My legal representative informed me that the postmortem noted that the cause of death was suffocation by pressing the face against the ground and manual throttling. I can confirm that I throttled her when I grabbed her from behind and that whilst I raped, I pushed her face into the sand which probably cause her death.”

Two men were handed suspended sentences after they pleaded guilty to buying Franziska’s stolen cellphone.

Co-accused Jonathan Jonas has abandoned his bail application.


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