Murdered Anika Smit's father wants inquest to continue

2017-08-18 18:14
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Pretoria - The father of murdered teen Anika Smit wants the inquest into her death to continue, despite a suspect being arrested last year.

“He feels that there are still too many unanswered questions,” Johan Smit’s lawyer, Willem Koekemoer, said at the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court on Friday, Netwerk24 reported.

The inquest was postponed indefinitely last year after André (Smiley) van Wyk, 24, unexpectedly surrendered to the police in September, giving the family new hope that they would get answers about the murder. Van Wyk was arrested on charges of murder, rape, and necrophilia.

This ended the nearly two-year-long inquest into 17-year-old Anika’s death.

Anika’s naked body was found on March 10, 2010 in her father’s house. Her hands were cut off and were never found. She and Van Wyk were attending the Gerrit Maritz High School in Pretoria North at the time.

Van Wyk, who later denied his confession, appeared in court on Friday, where the case was postponed for further psychological reports.

Prosecutor Tania Carstens previously argued that further assessments of Van Wyk were necessary before the director of public prosecutions (DPP) could make a final decision about whether to prosecute him.

The court heard on Friday that the report was ready and had been handed to the DPP.

The case was postponed to August 30 for a decision to be made. Van Wyk would stay in custody. 

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