Anika Smit accused to start psychiatric evaluation

2016-10-25 11:14
Andreas Johannes van Wyk, the man who handed himself over to police, saying he had information about the murder of Anika Smit, appears in court. (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

Andreas Johannes van Wyk, the man who handed himself over to police, saying he had information about the murder of Anika Smit, appears in court. (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

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Pretoria - The man accused of murdering teenager Anika Smit has been sent for psychiatric evaluation, the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court heard on Tuesday.

André van Wyk, 26, known by his friends as "Smiley", made a brief appearance in court on Tuesday morning. He sat in the dock, dressed in the same grey suit, showing no emotion.

At his last court appearance, the State said it was waiting for a bed to become available at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital.

Prosecutor Tania Carstens said on Tuesday that the bed was ready and that he would be evaluated over 30 days.

Van Wyk's attorney, Corrie Nieuwenhuys, thanked the State.

"We are thankful that the bed was arranged so quickly. Normally these things take time," he said.

If his evaluation was completed before the 30-day period, he would spend the time until his next court appearance, on November 25, at Kgosi Mampuru prison.

He is facing charges of murder and rape. He handed himself to police in September.

Smit, 17, was raped and mutilated in her Theresa Park home in 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. Her hands have still not been found.

Smit's boyfriend, Nico Venter was accused of killing her, but the charges were withdrawn. He previously said Van Wyk's arrest was a surprise.

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