Cheers as court rules Franziska accused will stay in jail until bail bid

2016-03-18 09:10

Get the latest as four men accused of attacking and killing teenager Franziska Blochliger return to the Wynberg Magistrate's Court.


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Last Updated at 14:17
18 Mar 10:03
Chaos erupted as they were led down with everyone pushing to get closer to them. The crowd hissed, shouted at them, pointed fingers. Journalists were pushed in the few seconds of chaos. All calm now and out of court. About 15 women dancing and singing outside.

18 Mar 10:00
They will stay in Pollsmoor prison until then. Court erupted with joy hearing that, Etheridge reports.

18 Mar 09:55
The State will make arrangements for accused to be detained pending the bail application.

18 Mar 09:54
Uys: At this stage, accused number four cannot be excluded from crime of murder as well as rape. All four are being charged with all counts at this stage.

18 Mar 09:54
Prosecutor Kepler Uys: We have the necessary bail information. In as far as issue as bail is concerned, the State is opposed to bail for all four. Have taken liberty of organising tentative bail application date of 5 April 2016.

18 Mar 09:53
People made "urgh", spitting, hissing noises as they come out, says Jenna Etheridge.

18 Mar 09:52
The four accused are now being led up from the police cells.

18 Mar 09:39
Court room 6 is packed to capacity, reports Jenna Etheridge. People are squashed into five benches and people are standing like sardines in both aisles

18 Mar 09:16
Courtroom 6, where's the Tokai murder suspects are to appear, is packed to capacity with members of the public.

18 Mar 09:15
Supporters, clad in T-shirts stating "zero tolerance to crime" gathered outside the Wynberg Magistrate's Court and held a minute's silence and then joined their hands in prayer for murdered teenagers Franziska and Sinoxolo Mafevuka.

18 Mar 09:11

The four men accused of killing Franziska Blöchliger are expected to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

The four men are also facing charges of rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

The men made their first appearance on March 11. 

Blöchliger, 16 was found in Tokai Forest on March 7.

The teen was robbed of her iPhone, watch, headset and diamond ring.

Prosecutor Kepler Uys said the accused were linked via witnesses and were found in possession of her belongings.

The four applied for a legal aid lawyer.They were told that they would be held at the Wynberg police cells because the State needed to verify further bail information. One of the accused told the court he was unhappy because he would not be able to receive visitors there.

He also wanted to take his clothes with him to prison and be able to bath, so asked that he be kept at Pollsmoor Prison instead.

The court assured him that he would get items such as soap and shampoo in the cells.

According to the charge sheet, three of the accused come from Westlake. One lives in Steenberg. It lists their ages as between 21 and 32.

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