One accused in Tokai Forest murder in court

2017-02-03 14:13
Franziska Blöchliger. (Supplied to Netwerk24)

Franziska Blöchliger. (Supplied to Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - One of the four men initially arrested and charged with the rape and murder of Kalk Bay teen Franziska Blöchliger, made his first appearance in the Western Cape High Court on Friday.

Howard Oliver, 28, for the first time stood alone in the dock for a pre-trial conference after proceedings against him was separated from three others.

Jerome Moses, Jonathan Jonas and Daniel Easter, who now only face charges relating to Blöchliger’s stolen belongings.

Judge Elize Steyn postponed proceedings to February 10 to allow advocate Ken Klopper to consult with his client.

He would remain behind bars after bail was denied in the Wynberg Magistrates Court in January.

Oliver during bail proceedings in an affidavit admitted that he had robbed the 16-year-old Kalk Bay girl as she jogged through Tokai Forest on March 7, but denied killing her.

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A post-mortem found that Blöchliger was strangled and sustained blunt force trauma.

At a previous appearance, it emerged that Jonas - who allegedly had the gun that was used in the attack on Blöchliger - was out on parole at the time.

Easter, who was allegedly in possession of Blöchliger's stolen cellphone following her murder, was released on R1 000 bail in 2016.

The fourth accused, Jerome Moses, who allegedly helped sell her cellphone, was out on bail.

Blöchliger was found naked and on her knees, with her neck twisted into an unnatural position.

According to police, a bra and T-shirt had been used to strangle her. One of her shoelaces was tied around her neck. She was bleeding from the face and genitals.

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