Please don't call me vampire anymore - says Anika Smit's friend

2016-09-19 16:03
Damian Treeby during the inquest into Anika Smit  speaks to the media outside court (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Damian Treeby during the inquest into Anika Smit speaks to the media outside court (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - The man once suspected of Pretoria teenager Anika Smit's murder has requested that people no longer refer to him as "The Vampire".

Damian Treeby, who was a person of interest during an inquest into Smit's murder, was dubbed "the vampire" because he went by the name on messaging application Mxit.

The inquest previously heard revelations about schoolchildren drinking blood shooters at a vampire party and how Treeby became friends with a group of high school children that were interested in the occult. One of them was drawn to Satanism.

On Monday, Andreas Johannes van Wyk appeared in the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court on charges of murder, rape and mutilation of Smit six years ago.

Treeby, her ex-boyfriend Nico Venter and her father Johan Smit were all considered persons of interest in the matter.

After the matter was heard Treeby told reporters that justice had finally been served.

"For the past six years I have been treated like a criminal. And I was found guilty by public opinion. I was labelled a Satanist and a murderer by several people including the media.”

End of a chapter

"I maintained my innocence from day one and that is still the case," he said.

Treeby said he had received threats, especially on social media.

"I was and still am not guilty."

Damian Treeby's letter.

He thanked his family and friends for their support and for believing in him.

"I hope that this chapter of my life is now over.

"I hope, believe and trust that justice will now be served. I request that my and my family's privacy be respected. I also request that I no longer be called 'The Vampire'," Treeby said.

Treeby, Venter and Johan Smit were all in court for the resumption of the inquest into her murder. However, the inquest was postponed indefinitely by Magistrate Pierre Wessels until Van Wyk's criminal matter had been dealt with.

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