Accused confessed to killing Stacha Arends, court hears

2017-05-03 12:05
Stascha Arends. (Supplied, File)

Stascha Arends. (Supplied, File)

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Cape Town - The 31-year-old man accused of killing 11-year-old Stacha Arends allegedly confessed to the murder, the Mitchells Plain Magistrate's court heard on Wednesday morning.

Randy Tango, 31, gave police the "confession" after he was arrested in March, State prosecutor Darren Johnson said.

Tango appeared in court for a bail application, but it was postponed after defence attorney Thuso Matseme said he required the "confession" to prepare for the application.

The State is opposing Matseme's request for access to the "confession".

"The law does not require the State to provide the defence with the docket for bail application," Johnson argued.

Magistrate Walter Golding asked Matseme to provide reasons why he should be granted access to the confession for the bail application.

READ: Suspect in Stacha Arends murder in dock

Crowded court room

Matseme said he needs to understand the legality of the confession to ensure Tango has a fair trial.

"I need to make sure in which circumstances Tango made the confession; if he was forced during the confession," Matseme said.

"Secondly, I need to understand if the State will only rely on the confession for the bail application," he said.

Golding postponed the matter until May 10, when he will deliver judgment on whether Matseme will be granted access to the confession.

Court proceedings were continually interrupted as people tried to push into the crowded court room.

Arends' mother was seen escorted away by family members while she cried loudly after court proceedings ended.

Tango is accused of rape, kidnapping and murder. He allegedly volunteered to search for Arends. Her body was later found in the bushes of a sports complex in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain.

The roads outside the court were closed as roughly 200 members of the community protested against Tango.

Community development activist Linda Jones said the court case showcased the lack of caring about violence on the Cape Flats.

"Everyday a girl is raped; every other day a police officer is shot - something needs to be done," she said.

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