Camron Britz rape and murder accused opts for safety of prison

2017-07-06 13:36
A handmade anti-abuse poster honouring the memory of Camron Britz, outside court. (Jenni Evans/News24)

A handmade anti-abuse poster honouring the memory of Camron Britz, outside court. (Jenni Evans/News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – The man accused of the rape and murder of 14-year-old Ocean View resident Camron Britz opted to stay in custody for now, for his own safety, a packed Simon's Town Magistrate's Court heard on Thursday.

Legal Aid advocate Prakashnee Naidoo conveyed accused Moegamat Yahgyah Rubain's wishes to Magistrate Crystal McKenna, while a group of small children and teenagers on school holiday shouted "no bail" outside the court.

They held handmade anti-abuse posters.

The children, watched over by a community member, were determined to be heard as they shouted at passing traffic.

"Tell the magistrate auntie that he must not get bail," shouted one teenage girl.

Inside court, Naidoo said: "At this stage my client says he will abandon bail."

Ocean View is a small community tucked inland on a hillside between Simon's Town and Muizenberg.

It was established for coloured South Africans who were forcibly removed from the nearby seaside towns in the late 1960s, during the apartheid-era social engineering programme to create whites-only areas.

Britz was allegedly called away from a community bonfire by Rubain on Saturday, July 1, on the pretext that her father was calling her, the court heard during his first appearance on Wednesday.

Packed court

Eyewitnesses reported seeing the two together and, later, allegedly saw Rubain emerge from the bushes on Slangkop Road where her body was found on Sunday.

She had been raped anally and vaginally and an object, that might be a reed, had been pushed down her throat. She was also strangled.

Friends, family and neighbours of the Britz's squashed onto the benches and lined the walls of the court on Thursday.

This was in contrast to Wednesday's fracas outside when entry was limited to such an extent that Camron's mother Berenice was even locked out.


Children protest outside Simon's Town Magistrate's Court during the appearance of the man accused of the rape and murder of 14-year-old Camron Britz. (Jenni Evans/News24)

On Wednesday, when Rubain made his first appearance, he seemed confident and relaxed, but on Thursday he wore an oversized jacket with a hoodie pulled over his peak cap, apparently in anticipation of photographs being taken by the media.

The court heard on Wednesday that he had no criminal record, but charges of sexual assault had been withdrawn against him in 2015.

Rubain's case was postponed until August 3 to give Naidoo time to get up to speed with the case, and to prepare a bail application if he chooses that option later.

Read more on:    cape town  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
 

Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.

 
 

You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.