Cop takes court through arrests in Tokai Forest murder

2017-05-11 12:16
Franziska Blöchliger's parents Shireen and Andreas leave the court house. (Jaco Marais, Netwerk24)

Franziska Blöchliger's parents Shireen and Andreas leave the court house. (Jaco Marais, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - A policeman on Thursday explained to the Western Cape High Court how he arrested four men linked at the time to the rape, robbery and murder of teen Franziska Blöchliger.

Constable Donivan Pietersen was based at Kirstenhof police station when he became involved with the case on March 8 2016, a day after the murder.

He was called as the State's eighth witness in the trial of Howard Oliver.

Oliver, 28, on Monday pleaded not guilty to raping and killing her, saying he had only robbed her of her ring and phone in the forest, after smoking Mandrax.

Pietersen said they were informed by Jerome Moses that he was given a phone by Howard Oliver.

They went to Oliver's house that day but his wife said he was working at the Klein Constantia Vineyards.

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He and his colleague questioned Oliver at the farm.

"He said Jerome Moses came to him with a cellphone," said Pietersen in Afrikaans.

The stolen Apple iPhone had been handed into the police station the same day by a person called Baby, who gave a statement.

Pietersen said he arrested Oliver while Jerome Moses was waiting in the police van.

He read him his rights and took him into custody. He was allowed to make a phone call.

They looked through his backpack and did not find any jewellery.

Pietersen said he knew Oliver before the arrest. He did not explain further.

He also knew Jonathan Jonas, who was arrested in Westlake.

This was the same area where Moses and Daniel Easter were arrested.

Oliver, a married father of two, was the only accused still facing the rape and murder charges.

Under cross-exam, defence lawyer Ken Klopper put it to the policeman that he was never involved in arresting his client.

Pietersen maintained that he was.

The trial continues.

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