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The chances that the man accused of the February rape and murder of Bredasdorp teen Anene Booysen will negotiate a plea bargain with the State are slim.
This was placed on record by State advocate Maria Marshall in the Western Cape High Court yesterday, when the accused, Johannes Kana, appeared before Cape Judge President John Hlophe for a pre-trial conference.
It also emerged yesterday that Kana may challenge pointing-out evidence to police during a trial-within-a-trial, on the basis that he was not warned that what he said at the pointing out of scenes to police may be used against him.
Defence lawyer Pieter du Toit, however, added that Kana did not intend to challenge a confession he had made.
Judge Hlophe suggested that Du Toit first look at the video footage of the pointing-out before he decided whether or not it should be challenged.
Marshall told the court that the State had a list of 52 witnesses, but added that once the parties had met to discuss which aspects of the State’s case would be disputed, the list was likely to be reduced.
Four weeks were set aside for the trial, she added, and the State hoped to finish the trial within that time period.
Judge Hlophe certified the case trial-ready, subject to what transpired once the defence had had an opportunity to view the video footage.
Kana is the remaining suspect after former co-accused, Jonathan “Zwai” Davids, was released due to insufficient evidence.
At a previous appearance, Kana admitted that he raped 17-year-old Booysen, but denied killing her.
He said that he punched and kicked her, and that, at some point, she fell and hit her head on the ground.
He claimed she was still alive when he left her. But the State rejected his claims, saying he was charged with raping and murdering her.
Kana’s trial is to be heard in the Swellendam Circuit Court from October 7. - Saturday Argus