Inquest into Anika Smit's murder back in court

2016-05-17 05:41
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Pretoria - An inquest into the murder of teenager Anika Smit, who was killed in March 2010, was expected to resume at the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Smit was raped and her body was mutilated in her father's house in Theresapark.

During the inquest's last hearing in February, Smit's neighbour, Roelof Pottas, told the court he did not believed Smit's father was capable of killing his own daughter.

Pottas told the court that he had known Anika’s father, Johan Smit, for 23 years and that, apart from Johan, he was the first person on the scene after she was murdered.

He told the court Johan had knocked on his door on that fateful day and stood there looking shocked.

Johan then told Pottas that he thought his child had been murdered and asked Pottas to go back to the house with him.

Johan had entered the house to find his daughter dead in her room, walked out of the house and ended up at Pottas's door.

When he entered Anika’s bedroom with Johan, Pottas told the court he saw her naked on the floor with blood stains next to her head, both her hands were cut off and a bottle was sticking out from between her legs.

He had also told the court that he believed that the 17-year-old was possibly involved with Satanism because of the way she had changed her hair colour, nail colour and lip colour to black.

However, Pottas claimed that her hair changed back to normal again before she was killed and that her sombre mood also changed back to the happy person he knew.

Read more on:    anika smit  |  pretoria  |  crime

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