Latest in Maties student murder

29 May 2017

Emotions were high in the packed courtroom.

Two suspects appeared in the Stellenbosch Magistrate's Court on Monday after the body of Maties student, Hannah Cornelius (21) was found in the area on Saturday. Vernon Witbooi and Geraldo Parsons are charged with murder, robbery, abduction, assault and rape.

They kidnapped Hannah and her friend, Cheslin Marsh on 27 May. Hannah and Cheslin were allegedly in Cheslin's blue and white VW Golf on Bird Street, Stellenbosch. They were chatting when they were kidnapped. Hannah was also raped. Magistrate Greg Jacobs ruled that no photographs of the suspects may be taken. For some of the students, Monday was the first time they attended a court case. Some of them even sat on the floor to hear the proceedings.


The case was postponed until 28 July 2017 for further investigation.

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