Cape Town - The man who was kidnapped with Hannah Cornelius on the day she was raped and murdered has recounted in emotional testimony how they were attacked in her car.
Cheslin Marsh, 22, a theology student and friend of Cornelius, told the Western Cape High Court that the two of them were chatting in her Volkswagen Golf, parked in Jan Cilliers Street, Stellenbosch, when two men armed with a knife and screwdriver attacked them on May 27 last year.
While Marsh escaped from their attackers and suffered severe head injuries and a broken arm, Cornelius was killed, and her body was found on the side of Knorhoek Road, close to a wine farm in Stellenbosch.
Vernon Witbooi, Geraldo Parsons, Eben van Niekerk and Nashwill Julius are on trial for her murder.
Reliving that fateful day, Marsh said he was about to leave Cornelius’s car, just after midnight, when he saw a hand with a screwdriver in it point to Cornelius’s chest. He said the window on the driver’s side was half-open.