I never went inside murdered Anika's house, man tells inquest

2015-09-17 21:01
 Anika Smit

Anika Smit

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Pretoria - Revelations about school children drinking blood shooters at a vampire party and the teenage angst of a school boy initially treated as a suspect in Anika Smit's murder kept the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court spellbound on Thursday.

An inquest is presently under way into the unsolved murder of Smit, who was found dead in her home with her throat slit. She had been raped and her hands had been chopped off. Her hands were never found.

The court has ordered that none of the witnesses be named.

The young man, who has not been charged with anything, spoke frankly about how he became friends with a group of high school children that were into the occult - one of whom was into Satanism.

He became friends with them when he realised they would have his back when he was bullied. But when he changed schools hoping for a fresh start, his reputation of being into the occult followed him.

At his new school, he met his present fiancé - but five years since the death of Smit, he said they had been subjected to thorough, and at times, very personal questioning about their lives.

On Thursday, the court heard that while he had been to the front of Smit's house, it was because she and his good friend had walked home together. He had never been inside the house where her father Johan found her dead.

When they walked home together, he waited outside and her male friend, who was also his close friend, went inside for a short time, and then came out. 

The young man said he was taken in for questioning twice over Smit's murder - the first time because he had bunked school on the day she was killed, and the second time, because he had scratch marks on his neck.

He explained that he had bunked school to buy his fiancé a tiger teddy bear because they had had an argument. The day Smit was murdered, he went to sell his violin and used the estimated R200 to R300 he had received for it to buy the reconciliation gift.

That weekend, he intervened when his sister was trying to storm out of the house over a Facebook message her fiancé had posted. He carried his twin sister, who is five minutes older than him, up the steps and while she was flailing against him, she had scratched his neck.

This was shown on a photo he was tagged in from a party he went to that Saturday night.

He said he knew Smit, but not that well. He knew she smoked, and had heard stories involving alcohol.

He had had a torrid time at school, feeling suicidal and self-harming with blades. He now had a job at a cellphone tower maintenance company.

But it was his recounting of being given a blood shooter at a party he was invited to, and his observing other people at the vampire party drawing blood and then drinking it, that had the public gallery leaning forward in the benches.

The inquest continues on Friday.

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