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Court rejects guilty plea as ex-boyfriend of Clanwilliam teacher makes formal admission

Allison Plaatjies and Phillip April. File picture

Allison Plaatjies and Phillip April. File picture

Published Aug 4, 2022

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Cape Town - The guilty plea of the man accused of murdering Clanwilliam schoolteacher Allison Plaatjies has been rejected by the State after he refused to admit it was premeditated murder.

Phillip April is making an appearance at the Western Cape High Court today where he is facing charges of murder and theft.

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April’s confession will now be dealt with as a formal admission.

The State pathologist who conducted the post-mortem on Plaatjies is expected to take the stand today.

Eric Ntabazalila of the National Prosecuting Authority has since confirmed that April had made a guilty plea but that it was rejected as he did not want to admit that the murder was in fact planned.

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“April pleaded guilty to the murder but not premeditated murder. The State did not accept his plea. It is now a formal admission.”

Plaatjies’s heartbroken mother, Elize Plaatjies, who is attending proceedings today, told “Weekend Argus” they were relieved that the case was finally moving on the court roll.

“I am happy that the case has started, but I am also very emotional,” she said.

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She said she was keen to hear further witness statements, though it was hard.

A new prosecutor has since been assigned to the case.

Plaatjies had ended her relationship with April before the murder took place.

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It is believed April had tried to behead her. Plaatjies’s body was found on the floor of her flat in Katjiepiering Street in October 2019.

Plaatjies had begun her teaching career at Sederberg Primary School in Clanwilliam.

April was arrested after allegedly being found in possession of her vehicle and has since abandoned his bail application.

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