Courtney's alleged killer appears in court

2017-05-17 10:35

Cape Town - The case against the 40-year-old man accused of killing 3-year-old Courtney Pieters in Elsies River has been postponed to May 24.

Mortimer Saunders, wearing a red T-shirt, appeared in the Goodwood Magistrate's Court on charges of rape and murder on Wednesday.

He looked visibly concerned. 

The courtroom was crowded, with journalists and members of the public sitting on the floor.

Several police officers were stationed at the entrance of the courtroom and refused to allow any additional people into the room. 

There was also a line of police officers between the public gallery and dock to protect the suspect. Police were wearing bulletproof vests.

Magistrate Paul Visagie warned the public that he would not allow any disruptions in his courtroom. They were repeatedly asked to keep quiet. 

Courtney was last seen alive, playing in front of her home in Elsies River on May 4.

Her body was found in a shallow grave next to unused railway tracks in the Epping Industrial centre on Sunday, roughly two kilometres from her home.  

Saunders remains in custody. 

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