Judge refuses to reopen Griquatown case

Kimberley - Northern Cape Judge President Frans Kgomo on Tuesday dismissed an application by the minor accused in the Griquatown farm murders trial to reopen his case.

The 17-year-old boy's new lawyer Riaan Bode filed an application for the case to be reopened to, among others, submit further expert evidence.

Deon Steenkamp, his wife Christel and their 14-year-old daughter Marthella were murdered on their Naauwhoek farm near Griquatown. Photo: Supplied. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

The State opposed the application.

Kgomo said he was satisfied that the youth did not make out a proper case for reopening his case. Therefore, the application was refused.

He would give reasons for the decision later. Kgomo postponed the case to Tuesday March 25.