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Teen murder case moved to High Court

File image - Charmaine Mare's mutilated corpse was found in a Kraaifontein field. Picture Supplied

File image - Charmaine Mare's mutilated corpse was found in a Kraaifontein field. Picture Supplied

Published Aug 12, 2013

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Cape Town - A man accused of killing and dismembering a teenage girl appeared in the Blue Downs District Court on Monday afternoon.

Johannes Christiaan de Jager, 48, wearing a blue fleece top and jeans, was told his case was being transferred to the Western Cape High Court.

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He applied for legal aid because he could no longer pay his lawyer.

His case was postponed until September 13, for a pre-trial conference in the high court. His trial was set down for October 7 to 31.

De Jager allegedly murdered 16-year-old Charmaine Mare in January, while staying at her home in Kraaifontein, in Cape Town's northern suburbs. At the time Mare's mother and other family members were away on a sea cruise.

He also allegedly raped and murdered a prostitute, Hiltina Alexander, in May 2008.

De Jager faces charges of murder, aggravated robbery, defeating the ends of justice, dismembering a corpse, and fraud.

He allegedly buried Mare's partially-burned torso in open ground in Kraaifontein, and hid her arms and legs in a carton in the garage of her home. He then allegedly falsely reported her missing to police.

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De Jager had already appeared in the Atlantis District Court for Alexander's murder. The two cases have been combined.

The court heard on Monday that De Jager had a list of defence witnesses he intended calling. This list would be forwarded to his advocate for subpoena purposes.

Sapa

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