Cape Town - The trial of the accused in the murder of Maties student Hannah Cornelius was postponed for three months to allow for a judge to be assigned to the case.
State prosecutor, advocate Lenro Badenhorst, told the stand-in judge, Judge Daniel Thulare, that the Western Cape High Court roll was full and a judge was yet to be allocated to the case. Judge Thulare postponed the matter to October 8.
Alleged killers Vernon Witbooi, Geraldo Parsons, Eben van Niekerk and Nashville Julius are facing charges of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances.
Cornelius, 21, was found dead on the side of Koelenhof Road, close to a wine farm in Stellenbosch on May 27, last year.
She was last seen hours before her death with a close friend, Cheslin Marsh, before they were brutally attacked by four men while in her car in Bird Street, Stellenbosch.
In the State’s indictment it is alleged that the four men threatened to kill or inflict harm on Marsh, pointing a knife and screwdriver at him. They forced him into the boot of Cornelius’s Volkswagen Citi Golf. They proceeded to rob him of his cellphone, wallet, cash and clothing.