Murder case postponed over DNA backlog

2013-06-05 09:53

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Cape Town - The case against four men accused of killing a Western Cape woman with a panga has been postponed again due to a backlog at the state forensic laboratories, the Cape Argus reported on Wednesday.

The newspaper reported that Marlon van Wyk, 25, Sharif Padayachee, 22, Ricardo Williams, 23, and Jerome Januarie, 28, appeared briefly in the Vredenburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

They reportedly stand accused of killing Sinodia Schutt, 32, on 26 February by smashing her jaw and slashing her with a panga.

Eben van Tonder, for the State, was quoted as saying that forensic tests on DNA found on the clothing of the accused were still outstanding, but that these had been prioritised.

The case was postponed until 30 July for further investigation.
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