Franziska accused out on parole at time of Tokai murder

2016-04-05 15:26
Franziska Blöchliger. (Supplied to Netwerk24)

Franziska Blöchliger. (Supplied to Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - One of the men accused of murdering Tokai teenager Franziska Blöchliger was out on parole at the time of his arrest, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila confirmed this after Jonathan Jonas told Magistrate Hafiza Mohamed in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court that he would not apply for bail with his three co-accused.

“He abandoned his application because he was in contempt of court when he was arrested for this case, which means even if applies now, chances are very slim to nil that he would be granted bail,” he said.

Proceedings are for a Schedule Six bail application, Ntabazalila explained. This meant the onus was on the accused to prove to the court that there were special circumstances justifying their release.

Irate residents and supporters of the Kalk Bay family threatened Jonas, Howard Oliver, Jerome Moses, and Daniel Easter as they made their way back to the holding cells after proceedings.

“Ons sal julle huise afbrand as julle uitkom [We will burn down your homes if you get out],” one woman told them pointedly.

Another called them pigs and “disgusting animals”.

Earlier, the men seemed hesitant to turn around in the dock, despite their loved ones calling them from the public gallery to wave a greeting.

The legal representatives of the other three suspects asked for a postponement in the bail proceedings as DNA results were still outstanding. The matter would be heard on 28 April.

The 16-year-old girl was found dead in Tokai Forest on 7 March. She had arranged to meet her mother after going jogging in the popular recreational area by herself. When Franziska did not arrive at the agreed meeting place, the family began to worry and started searching for her.

She was found strangled after being raped and sodomised. She had been robbed of her iPhone, watch, headset, and diamond ring.

The accused were understood to have been linked to the crime through witnesses and were allegedly found in possession of her belongings.

The State said it would oppose bail for all four accused. They face charges of murder, rape, and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Each suspect faces six counts of rape. 

According to the charge sheet, three of the accused came from Westlake and one from Steenberg. They are aged between 21 and 32.

The teen’s family was not in court on Tuesday. A family friend who attended the proceedings said the Blöchligers “just want them to go to jail and stay there”.

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