Man to appear in court after Mossel Bay teen bludgeoned to death for Nikes

Michaela Booysen. (MosselBayOnTheLine via Facebook)
Michaela Booysen. (MosselBayOnTheLine via Facebook)

A 24-year old man is expected to appear in court after apparently being linked to the murder and robbery of 17-year-old Michaela Booysen in Mossel Bay, police confirmed on Wednesday.

Booysen, a pupil at Hillcrest Secondary School, was walking home with her boyfriend in the early hours of Sunday morning when they were accosted by three men in Asla Park.

They demanded their belongings and a scuffle ensued.

"Michaela was hit with a pickaxe handle on the head and succumbed on the scene because of a head injury. The boyfriend was lucky to escape, but was later found … distraught and extremely traumatised by the event," said police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie.

"The suspects fled the scene with a pair of black Nike takkies belonging to Michaela."

Detectives worked around the clock and arrested three men between the ages of 17 and 24 early on Tuesday morning.

Two of them were released on Wednesday as there was not sufficient evidence to directly link them to the robbery and murder, said Pojie.

The 24-year-old remains in custody and is expected to make his first appearance in the Mossel Bay Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Meanwhile, three pupils who stand accused of stabbing 16-year-old Grade 10 pupil Khuselo Ndanda to death at Hillcrest Secondary School made their first appearance in court on Wednesday afternoon.

Pojie said that the trio allegedly attacked Khuselo during first break, stabbing him several times in the upper body.

"After the vicious attack, the assailants jumped the school's fence at the back of the premises and ran away.

"A seriously injured Khuselo managed to reach the office block of the school where he collapsed. Paramedics transported him to hospital but he succumbed to his injuries en-route and was declared dead on arrival," Pojie said.

The three would remain in custody until their formal bail application next Thursday.

Pojie said they had increased visible police patrols and deployed neighbourhood watch members in the area to ensure the school environment "returns to normality".

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When a Covid-19 vaccine for under 16's becomes available, will you be taking your children to get it?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, immediately!
37% - 2562 votes
I'll wait to see how others respond
26% - 1806 votes
No, I don't think they need it
37% - 2545 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.01
(+0.10)
ZAR/GBP
21.00
(+0.02)
ZAR/EUR
18.15
(+0.15)
ZAR/AUD
11.64
(+0.12)
ZAR/JPY
0.14
(+0.15)
Gold
1750.35
(+0.68)
Silver
26.86
(+0.35)
Platinum
1212.01
(+1.34)
Brent Crude
64.95
(0.00)
Palladium
2347.50
(+0.26)
All Share
66138.05
(-1.99)
Top 40
60754.30
(-2.11)
Financial 15
12200.05
(-1.09)
Industrial 25
86144.34
(-0.81)
Resource 10
67459.85
(-4.14)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo