Anika Smit murder case to resume

2016-09-26 06:32
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Pretoria - A 24-year-old man will make his second appearance in the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court on Monday in connection with the murder and mutilation of teenager Anika Smit.

Andreas Johannes van Wyk handed himself to police earlier this month, six years after Smit was raped and murdered.

Smit, 17, was found dead in her father's house in Theresa Park, Pretoria, on March 10, 2010. Her throat had been slit, she had been sexually assaulted and her hands were cut off. The limbs have still not been found.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said Van Wyk had told police he had "some information" about her killing.

Smit stayed away from school with an ear infection on the day of her murder. She appeared to have opened the door for her attacker.

Three "persons of interest" became central to the case, including her father.

Another was a friend of hers, Damian Treeby. He was dubbed "the vampire" for his name on messaging application Mxit.

Smit's boyfriend, Nico Venter, was accused of killing her, but the charges were withdrawn.

An inquest into her murder began in September last year as there was not enough evidence to arrest anyone and put them on trial.

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.

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