Griquatown trial set to continue


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The farm where the Steenkamp family was killed. File photo: Johnnie van Niekerk

Kimberley - The triple murder trial of a 16-year-old boy is set to continue in the Northern Cape High Court on Monday.

Last week, the court heard testimony from a number of Griquatown policemen involved in the investigation of the murders of farmer Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christel, 43, and daughter Marthella, 14.

The three were shot dead on their farm Naauwhoek on April 6, 2012.

Warrant Officer Anthony Wildt, who was on duty the night of the murders, told the court last week that in 15 years such a crime had not taken place in the area.

Another police officer confirmed to the court that a single fingerprint lifted from a drinking glass found at the murder scene had not yet been identified.

A number of exhibits, mostly photographs, were read into the court record. The court was shown video recordings of the murder scene.

The 16-year-old accused has pleaded not guilty to the three murder charges, as well as to a charge of rape, and one of defeating the ends of justice.

Cases involving minors are usually held in-camera, but several media houses had been granted permission to cover the case. The boy may not be identified. - Sapa


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