Jasmin case postponed

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Johannesburg - The case of a man accused of raping and killing his four-year-old niece was postponed by the Brakpan Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The 23-year-old wore the same black and grey striped T-shirt he wore to court last week.

He avoided making eye-contact with people in the public gallery, and looked down at his hands and fiddled with them during the proceedings.

He has now been provided with a legal aid lawyer, Pieter van Niekerk.

Van Niekerk indicated that his client had chosen to remain silent and would not apply for bail.

He has due to undergo DNA testing and to plead.

The case was postponed to March 13 for further investigation.

Among those attending the hearing on Monday was Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana.

Like many of the protesters at the court, she wore a pink blouse over a pink skirt. The girl was wearing a pink top the day she was murdered. - Sapa



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