Ocean View murder accused, 17, in private preliminary court hearing

2017-07-07 18:44
Chimicka Cornberg (Supplied)

Chimicka Cornberg (Supplied)

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Cape Town - The 17-year-old boy accused of murdering Ocean View woman Chimicka Cornberg during a sleepover attended a preliminary inquiry at the Simonstown Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Because he is a minor, the general public may not be privy to these proceedings.

According to the Child Justice Alliance, the aim of a preliminary inquiry is to provide an opportunity to make sure a child in the criminal justice system is protected. It is to see what the child's particular needs are and decisions are made over where the child will live if a matter goes to trial.

Specific details on what happened to the boy during his preliminary hearing on Friday are not allowed to be made public.

Also read: Teen arrested for murder of Chimicka Cornberg

There was also no more information on how Cornberg, 18, died, or what led the police to arrest the 17-year-old.

Cornberg was found with a gunshot wound to the head during a sleepover at her friend Georgia's house in Ocean View on Sunday morning.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said she may have been shot through a window.

She lived with her aunt Jasmine Abrahams in Ocean View and had slept over at her friend's house last Saturday night. 

Georgia's house is close to Cornberg's aunt's house and is also near her mother Lee's house.

Abrahams said nobody knows yet how Cornberg was shot.

She had heard that Georgia and a friend slept on the top bunk of the double bunk and Cornberg slept at the bottom.

The next morning Georgia's friend asked whether Cornberg was sleeping.

When Georgia went to check, she saw that Cornberg had been shot in the head, according to Abrahams.

''She couldn't have hurt a fly, even if she tried,'' said Abrahams.

Earlier this week she told News24 that the young woman had dropped out of school in Grade 8 and was like a mother to everybody in the house.

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