Dental records to be used in vet rape trial

2015-02-17 21:07


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Mbombela - The State is expected to use dental records to place the man charged with raping and killing Lowveld vet Dr Rensia de Wet at the scene of the crime, the White River Magistrate's Court heard on Tuesday.

The man had been out on parole for a previous rape when he was arrested in December for De Wet's rape and murder, a Sapa correspondent reported.

"The DNA results and dental comparison with the bite mark in the Rensia de Wet case is done," prosecutor Isabet Erwee said.

"We are awaiting one report of the investigation. It is almost complete."

De Wet was raped and stabbed to death in her home on the White River Equestrian Estate on 9 December.

The man is also accused of raping a woman in Mataffin, outside Mbombela, in December. He faces charges of rape and housebreaking in that case.

Erwee asked the court to combine the De Wet and Mataffin cases and transfer them to the Nelspruit Regional Court for trial.

She said the State was awaiting DNA test results in the Mataffin case.

There was a dispute in court earlier over whether the man was South African or Mozambican.

"We are, however, still awaiting the report from home affairs to verify what his nationality is. Then further charges may be added," said Erwee.

The case was postponed to 27 February for it to be transferred to the Nelspruit Regional Court.

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