Cape Town - A man found guilty of raping and murdering a young mother of two in Ocean View will be sentenced in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday.
Eben Kotze was convicted of raping and strangling Crystal Ann Newman, 23, on August 15, 2014. Newman is believed to have been a sex worker.
Landlord, Johan Marais, discovered the body in the room he rented to Kotze the day after Newman is believed to have been murdered.
Its alleged that Newman's body was then removed from the room to be disposed of elsewhere. A member of the public discovered Newman for the second time on August 18, 2014 on an embankment in Simons Town. Newman's body had been wrapped with sheets and tucked in the bushes.
Warrant officer Alastair Dixon, who was one of the first on the scene, testified that he had noticed several injuries on Newman's body. He said observed a forehead bump, a bleeding nose, mucus and scratches on her arm.
He said that the injuries looked violent. Dixon found Newman with her jeans rolled down to her ankles, exposing her lower body.
The following day, Newman's mother was informed of her death.
In her testimony, Newman's mother, Marry Petersen, testified that her daughter left that fateful evening at around 9pm and never came back.
She told the court that the events had traumatised the family who are still recuperating from the shock of her daughter's death. She denied any knowledge of her daughter doing sex work.
Kotze did not deny that he had met Newman on the night she was killed in Fish Hoek. He explained that they went to his room to have intercourse. He told the court Newman had tried to stab him with a knife. According to Kotze's version of events, he tried to take the knife from Newman and grabbed her neck with his free hand.
He stated that he killed her in self defence by squeezing her neck “too hard.”
Court documents show that a post mortem examination performed on Newman's corpse concluded that she had died as a result of “consistent with blunt force trauma to the neck.”
After an extensive investigation, police forensically linked Kotze to the crime scene and he was arrested shortly after.