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While Anene Booysen, 17, did not have a boyfriend, she liked Johannes Kana, the man accused of her rape and murder, the Swellendam Circuit Court heard on Friday.
Kana is accused of raping and murdering the teenager in Bredasdorp on February 2.
Witness Patricia Leonard, a close friend of Anene’s and who described her as a sister, told the court she was heartbroken when she heard about the incident.
“We were very close; her death was like I lost a sister.”
She added that when her own sister had died Anene had filled her place.
“I felt like I lost my own sister again.”
Leonard recounted the events of the night of the attack on Anene, saying that she and two friends went drinking and dancing in Kallies pub, where they had bumped into Anene.
“She (Anene) was already drunk and dancing.”
Anene’s pants tore so she asked Leonard to accompany her home for a change of clothes, which she did.
They returned to the pub where they continued dancing and drinking.
Leonard said she left the pub before Anene that night, and it was to be the last time she saw her alive.
Leonard also corroborated her boyfriend Riaan Scheepers’s version of events - that Kana told them he was sorry for what he had done.
The pair were at the Bredasdorp police station to make a statement on February 10 when Kana was led inside an office by two police officers.
At first she heard what sounded like shackles moving, then the sound of crying, before she saw Kana.
“He told me that he was sorry. I cried and felt heartsore, and then he hugged me.”
She added that he didn’t say what he had done, but only that he was sorry.
Judge Patricia Goliath asked whether she knew if Anene had a boyfriend, to which Leonard said no.
“She (Anene) told me that she liked Kana,” she said, pointing to Kana seated in the dock.
Judge Goliath added that she found it strange that so many young people had been at the pub, had heard about Anene’s death, yet no one had come forward of their own accord.
State prosecutor Maria Marshall later read into the record the post-mortem result, detailing the cause of death as “mutilated genital injury”.
Earlier this week
witness Wickus Kiewietz, a paramedic, told the court Anene had blood pooled behind her legs when they found her.
She had fought them off not wanting paramedics to touch her. When she arrived at the hospital she asked for water because she was thirsty.
Anene later died from her injuries.
The trial continues on Monday. - Saturday Argus