- May 18, 2009
More at: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/i-didnt-commit-any-crime-accused-in-hannah-cornelius-murder-20181017"I was with them but didn't commit any crime," one of the men accused of the gang rape and murder of Hannah Cornelius said to the head of the Stellenbosch police detectives.
This was following his arrest three days after the student was brutally killed and her friend severely assaulted and left for dead.
Colonel Damon Beneke told the Western Cape High Court that Eben Van Niekerk "looked like he wanted to tell his side of the story, [and say] that he had nothing to do with it" when he was assigned to take the suspect's warning statement on May 30, 2017.
Beneke testified that Van Niekerk was informed of his rights and he requested a Legal Aid lawyer, but as it was after hours, one would only be available for him the following day.
According to Beneke, Van Niekerk appeared eager to make a statement, nevertheless.
"On Saturday in the early hours of the morning, we walked from the house," Van Niekerk told Beneke, who asked him who the "we" was that he was referring to.
'I was with them'
"Raldo and Katjies and one person whose name I don't know, together," Van Niekerk responded.
"We first moved around at Kilotreads until Katjies said there were people in the car."
Beneke asked which car, and Van Niekerk said "a blue Golf".
The colonel told Judge Rosheni Allie that he had again informed Van Niekerk of his rights, and the detainee had responded that he would rather "choose to tell my involvement to my lawyer because that I can't argue against as I was with them but didn't commit any crime".
WATCH | Night of terror: Mapping the hell ride that led to Hannah Cornelius's rape, murder
The murder of 21-year-old Stellenbosch student Hannah Cornelius shocked South Africa.
Up until now, little has been known about the exact timeline and location of events on May 27 2017. However, with the start of the court case in the Western Cape high court, new evidence has come to light.
By using newly released CCTV footage of the alleged perpetrators, along with confessions of the accused and witness testimonies, we are able to map out the most likely sequence of events that led to her death and the arrest of the suspects after a high-speed car chase through Stellenbosch.
F him. He was complicit. He could have helped the two young ones if he wanted to.'I didn't commit any crime' – accused in Hannah Cornelius murder
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F him. He was complicit. He could have helped the two young ones if he wanted to.
They just kept on commiting crime, please please, just kill them.Meanwhile, a woman who had allegedly been robbed by the suspects later that day testified that an unknown man had forced her into the car and demanded that she hand over her bank card, cellphones and wedding rings.
Miemie October said she had been walking in Soneike, Kuils River, on her way to catch a taxi when she saw a blue Citi Golf at about 13:00.
A man got out of the car and she thought he wanted to ask for directions, October testified.
Van Niekerk was 'asleep' in the car
Instead, she was forced at gunpoint into the car and instructed to hand over her valuables.
October said the men drove to a garage in Brackenfell where they withdrew cash from her account. The SMS she received alerted the robbers that she had another phone in her possession, she said.
Her abductors let her out of the car on the side of a road in Brackenfell.
Throughout the ordeal, Van Niekerk had been asleep in the back seat, October told the court.
She identified Parsons as the driver, and Witbooi as the front passenger.
In his confession Witbooi spoke of another suspect, who is unknown to the State.
The trial continues on Thursday.
+1, because of these scum buckets a young girl is dead, and that young man permanently half deaf and traumatized, he will probably struggle for years to come to get over this. Do unto them as they did unto this kids.They just kept on commiting crime, please please, just kill them.
More at: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/hannah-cornelius-geraldo-parsons-tattoos/The trial of four men accused of the rape and murder of Stellenbosch student Hannah Cornelius took a dramatic turn on Thursday when one of the defendants’ tattoos came under severe scrutiny.
Geraldo Parsons, Vernon Witbooi‚ Eben van Niekerk and Nashville Julius are all in the dock. As HeraldLive report, Parsons and Witbooi were arrested 11 hours after allegedly killing Cornelius, following a high-speed chase with the police.
When they were both submitted for medical and forensic analysis, pathologist Dr Marianne Tiemensma photographed the tattoos each of the men had. It was Parsons’ that took centre stage in the Western Cape High Court, though.
It was revealed that alongside the tattoos relating to the “28” gang he is a part of, there was also a crude sketched outline of a “naked, headless female body with legs spread open”. His body was also covered in phrases that indicate his criminal behaviour.
More at: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/dna-confirms-unknown-suspect-in-hannah-cornelius-rape-murder-20181018DNA found on used condoms at the site where Hannah Cornelius was raped before she was murdered, indicated that another suspect was involved in the attack on the Stellenbosch student, the investigating officer testified in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday.
Sergeant Marlon Appollis said the DNA of an unknown male was found near the Bottelary Sports Club where Cornelius was raped in the early hours of May 27, 2017. The suspect is unknown to the State.
In his confession, one of the accused, Vernon Witbooi, said that after hijacking Cornelius' blue City Golf in Bird Street last year, they drove to Kraaifontein and went to the house of one "Kaffirtjie", who gave them tik and dagga, which they smoked while driving in the car.
Witbooi claimed that - after the attack on Cornelius' friend Cheslin Marsh - he, Geraldo Parsons, Eben van Niekerk and "Kaffirtjie" had driven towards Stellenbosch.
The outrage & sentence for that racist statement will probably exceed that of rape & murder once the sjws escalate it...In his confession, one of the accused, Vernon Witbooi, said that after hijacking Cornelius' blue City Golf in Bird Street last year, they drove to Kraaifontein and went to the house of one "Kaffirtjie", who gave them tik and dagga, which they smoked while driving in the car.
Witbooi's gonna learn exactly what this means. He's the one that has now implicated (ratted out) a 5th suspect, so yeah, he better get that booty ready.There was also some clear confusion between the four defendants as to what their tattoos actually mean. Marlon Appolis was the chief investigating officer in this case, and he was asked to interpret some of the offensive body-art. He claimed one tattoo had a very ambiguous message:
“To use the words we’d use on the street‚ the 28s take men from behind.”Co-accused Witbooi reacted with confusion, audibly gasping and covering his mouth in the process. The trial will resume on Monday 22 October.
More at: https://www.iol.co.za/weekend-argus/news/dna-links-accused-to-hannah-cornelius-rape-murder-17565509Cape Town - Investigating officers shed light on their evidence-collecting methods in the Hannah Cornelius murder trial this week.
The Stellenbosch University student and her friend, Cheslin Marsh, were abducted from his Nouveau apartment building in Stellenbosch by four men while they parked outside the hostel in Cornelius’s blue and white VW Citi Golf.
Cornelius was raped and killed and her body discovered on the morning of May 27, 2017.
Marsh spent most of the ordeal bundled into the boot of the car.
The four accused, Vernon Witbooi, Geraldo Parsons, Eben van Niekerk and Nashville Julius, face robbery, rape, murder and abduction charges in the Cape High Court.
Van Nieker, who is accused Number 3, in a video confession with Stellenbosch police, claims he had nothing to do with the rape and murder of Cornelius.
Warrant Officer Themba Ntobela was at pains to describe to the court just how careful they are when collecting DNA samples, so as not to contaminate the crime scene and the evidence itself.
He told the court that they collected evidence from the mouthpiece of a water bottle found inside the vehicle, saliva from the front seat of the car and from the left-rear handle of the car.
“All evidence is collected, placed in forensic bags, registered and stored and then transported to the lab for forensic analysis,” said Ntobela.
The four accused appeared disinterested, with accused No 1, Witbooi, biting his nails.
Ntobela said articles found in the car included a cellphone, hair samples, a flick-knife and a tik “lollie”.
Just take them out back and shoot them already.The four accused appeared disinterested, with accused No 1, Witbooi, biting his nails.
Sergeant Zane van Graan, who has a slight stutter, explained to the court how he read the accused their rights when they were arrested. Witbooi and Julies laughed as the officer struggled to get through his testimony.
More at: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/positive-dna-match-for-two-accused-of-hannah-cornlius-murder-20181022Closing in on the four men accused of the rape and murder of Stellenbosch student Hannah Cornelius, the State presented a slew of DNA evidence and cellphone tower analyses in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.
The court heard evidence that there were positive DNA links to two of the accused, Vernon Witbooi and Geraldo Parsons, so far, based on the analysis of a condom and skin cells.
DNA samples taken from the two were also mixed into samples found on a Twizza soft drink bottle and the handle of the blue VW Golf which Cornelius and her friend, Cheslin Marsh, were driving when they were kidnapped in the early hours of May 27, 2017.
Cornelius had insisted on giving Marsh a lift home after a night out with friends. They were pounced on in the parking lot of Battery Centre. After a hell ride, a brick was used to hit Marsh on the head before he was left for dead in a field.
More at: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/hannah-cornelius-detective-denies-forcing-accused-to-write-letter-to-her-parents-20181022A police sergeant denied that he forced one of four men accused of Hannah Cornelius' murder to write a letter to her parents.
"That is untrue your honour," Sergeant Steven Adams told the Western Cape High Court on Monday.
"Your honour, I didn't even know he was going to write a letter. He just asked for a pen and paper."
The court heard that Adams took Eben van Niekerk to a doctor. As they made their way back, a news report about Cornelius's death was on the radio.
"Am I in trouble?" Van Niekerk asked, according to Adams.
He said he did not even know what Van Niekerk was under investigation for at the time, and so he responded that he didn't know.