Murder accused Mortimer Saunders. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

Cape Town - The trial of the man accused of the murder of three-year-old Courtney Pieters was postponed in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

Murder accused Mortimer Saunders had previously admitted that he had given the toddler ant poison before later strangling her at her Elsies River home in May last year.

The case was postponed to Wednesday due to the State needing more time to analyse forensic reports which were only received on Sunday.

Courtney was last seen alive on May 4, 2017. Her body was found in a shallow grave in Epping Industria on May 13 and Saunders was arrested the following day. Saunders, who was a tenant at the family's home, has admitted to strangling the child after giving her ant poison.

He has denied raping her but said he used his fingers to penetrate her after the murder. 

African News Agency/ANA