Man held for 1999 murder to apply for bail

2015-09-21 06:39

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Cape Town - A man alleged to have been part of a gang that raped, stabbed and slit the throat of Valencia Farmer 16-years-ago is expected to apply for bail in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The man, who was 21-years-old at the time, faces a charge of rape and murder.

Six men were initially arrested following the 14-year-old's death in 1999 in Eerste River, Cape Town.

She had been gang-raped by at least six men and stabbed 53 times.

Valencia was left for dead in a derelict house but managed to crawl to the street, where residents found her.

Her mother, Sylvia, told News24 that Valencia indicated to her that she knew who had done this to her. The teenager died in hospital two days after her brutal ordeal.

Glenville Faro and Franklyn Roberts received two life sentences each. They failed to get parole this year and would apply again early next year.

Russel van Wyk, who was 16 when he was sentenced in March 2001, got 23 years in jail. Both of his parole applications, in 2013 and 2014, were rejected.

Two others were released because they could not be linked to the crime and a sixth man was acquitted due to a lack of evidence.

Colonel Eddie Clark who had initially investigated the case made a breakthrough several weeks ago, resulting in the latest arrest.

Farmer's mother said although the arrest had opened old wounds, she was content.

"The wheels of justice are turning. This is good. Everyone who did this to my child must pay," she told News24.

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