Cape Town - A Mitchells Plain woman accused of murdering her 18-year-old girlfriend will know on Monday whether she will get bail or not.
Closing arguments in the bail application of Corrine Jackson took place at the Mitchells Plain Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
The Woodlands woman is accused of stabbing to death Nadine Esterhuizen, 18, and trying to sever her head.
She also faces charges of assault and contravening a protection order Esterhuizen had against her.
Jackson’s legal team argued that the State did not prove their client had committed premeditated murder, nor were there witnesses to the crime, which took place on 27 September at a residence in Colorado Park.
Esterhuizen was in matric at Athlone High School.
Police had found Jackson, 20, locked inside a toilet at the house, armed with two bloodied knives.
She said it was self-defence.
Last week police detailed how Esterhuizen had been stabbed about 12 times, and “with so much aggression and anger” that it seemed her killer wanted to cut off her neck.
Jackson’s lawyer Janie Joon told the court: “The evidence on record doesn’t support premeditated murder. There are no eyewitnesses on the day of the crime.
“The accused took the court into full confidence when she told the court what happened according to her on the fateful day. We submit that this is the only version available at this time.”
He argued that four sets of police reports were still outstanding and that his client had a fixed address with relatives near Stellenbosch University, and could afford to pay R1000 bail.
But State prosecutor Darren Johnson stated Jackson had committed premeditated murder, because in the time leading up to the killing, there were numerous incidents pointing to it.
Esterhuizen told relatives she feared for her life, she opened a case of assault and also obtained a protection order against the accused.
“The deceased told her grandmother she was going to be killed. When the accused met with the deceased, she brought knives to the house,” said Johnson.
“Yes, the accused and deceased were the only people present, but there was a trail of blood where the accused was found, fingerprints with blood against the door, blood in the kitchen and the accused was sitting with two knives.”
Bail judgment takes place on 4 December.