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Child rapist and killer Mortimer Saunders has been denied leave to appeal his conviction and sentence.
The Western Cape High Court has found Mortimer Saunders guilty of the rape and murder of three-year-old Courtney Pieters.
The man accused of the rape and murder of 3-year-old Courtney Pieters is not going to testify in his defence, and his lawyer has closed his case.
The trial of the man accused of the premeditated murder and rape of three-year-old Courtney Pieters has been postponed for consultations over further forensic tests done by the State.
It is possible for Mortimer Saunders' semen to have been present in Courtney Pieters' body, even if he did not raped her, the Western Cape High Court has heard.
Self-confessed child killer Mortimer Saunders has apologised to Courtney Pieters' mother for "what he has done".
Mortimer Saunders has pleaded guilty in the Western Cape High Court to using ant poison to murder Courtney Pieters.
Mortimer Saunders’ behaviour during the rape and murder of Courtney Pieters was "vicious, brutal, inhumane and ruthless", Judge Babalwa Pearl Mantame has said in the Western Cape High Court.
Mortimer Saunders will have to wait until next month to hear whether he will be convicted on charges of raping and killing three-year-old Courtney Pieters.
There were no injuries to three-year-old Courtney Pieters' vaginal wall, defence pathologist Dr Segeran Naidoo has told the Western Cape High Court.
Blood found on the panties and jeans of three-year-old Courtney Pieters did not necessarily indicate that she had been raped, the advocate representing murder accused Mortimer Saunders has said.
Courtney Pieters's little body was found covered with a thorn bush by a volunteer who had heeded a call to assist in a search for the missing toddler, the Western Cape High Court has heard.
The last time Courtney Pieters' mother saw her daughter, her little girl had asked for a packet of treats, the Western Cape High Court has heard.
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