Probe into who violated court order in Anika Smit case

2015-10-08 11:36
Damian Treeby after the inquest. (Jenni Evans, News24)

Damian Treeby after the inquest. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Pretoria - An investigation was under way to determine who identified witness Damian Treeby on social media in the Anika Smit inquest, the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court heard on Thursday.

Prosecutor Tania Carstens told Magistrate Pierre Wessels that a docket had been opened and the matter was under investigation.

“Mr Treeby, are you surviving? Any problems?” Wessels asked Treeby.

Treeby responded that he didn’t have any.

Wessels postponed the matter to November 30, and December 1 and 2.

Last month, a member of the public took a photo of Treeby, posted it on Facebook, and called him a murderer. This was in violation of Wessels's order that no witnesses be identified.

Wessels subsequently lifted his order that Treeby not be identified but it still applied to other witnesses.

Treeby subsequently appointed lawyer Sunethe Potgiete to represent him.

Smit, 17, was raped and mutilated in her Theresa Park home on March 10, 2010. The Grade 11 pupil at Gerrit Maritz High School lived with her father Johan Smit at the time.

On the day of her murder she stayed home from school because of an ear infection. She was raped, her throat was slit, and her hands were cut off. The hands had not been found.

Smit's boyfriend, Nico Venter was accused of killing her, but the charges were withdrawn.

The inquest previously heard revelations about schoolchildren drinking blood shooters at a vampire party, and how Treeby became friends with a group of high school children that were interested in the occult. One of them was drawn to Satanism.

The inquest was being held as there was not enough evidence to arrest and put someone on trial.

Wessels’s findings would be sent to the National Prosecuting Authority for a decision on whether someone could be charged and tried.

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