‘Vampire’ gets new lawyer for Anika Smit murder inquest

2016-05-18 13:55
Damian Treeby  (Jenni Evans, News24)

Damian Treeby (Jenni Evans, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - Damian Treeby, a person of interest in the Anika Smit murder inquest, has found new legal representation, the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court heard on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Treeby's lawyer, Sunette Potgieter, withdrew from representing him due to "certain circumstances", and advocate Corrie Nieuwenhuys was appointed as his new legal representative.

"Certain circumstances surrounding my client have urged me to step aside as legal representation. I understand that he will be getting other legal aid," Potgieter told the court.

Treeby, who has been dubbed "Vampire" because of his name on messaging app, MXit, was previously a suspect in the matter.

He was back in the gallery on Wednesday, wearing a T-shirt and black pants, and looking relaxed.

Smit's parents were not present.

The matter has been postponed until July 19 and Treeby has been requested to be present.

Smit was found brutally murdered in her father's home on April 10, 2010, with her hands removed and a bottle sticking out from between her legs.

Read more on:    anika smit  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.