The Courtroom: From left are the media, the witness, the state, the defence and the family with the accused at the very back.


Kimberley - The triple murder trial of a 16-year-old boy will be moved to the crime scene, a farm near Griquatown, on Monday.

Northern Cape High Court Judge President Frans Kgomo, court personnel, the prosecuting team, and the defence will visit the farm Naauwhoek, where farmer Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christel, 43, and daughter Marthella, 14, were shot dead on April 6 last year.

The group gathered at the Griekwastad police station first to conduct an investigation. They were expected to leave for the farm shortly.

The media was allowed to visit the farm but, by agreement with the court, keep their distance. Journalists were not allowed inside the farmhouse.

The teenage 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