A small group of people are picketing outside the Wynberg Court where a suspect arrested for rape will appear. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

Cape Town - The suspect arrested in connection of Jesse Hess and her grandfather appeared at the Wynberg Magistrates Court on Friday. He was arrested on Thursday for the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Hanover Park.

He was positively identified by the child’s mother who caught him in the act. The state prosecutor told the court that the accused David van Boven was well known to his victims.

 A police source added that he had been taken in for questioning soon after Jesse’s murder and her grandfather Chris, but had not been arrested.

The court heard that van Boven had been out on parole for charges of rape and drug-related crimes.

Hess’s family was in attendance at the 16-year-old girl’s rape case to show their support and became emotional when van Boven entered the dock.

The rape case has been postponed to February 14, 2020, for further investigation and DNA results.

A police source earlier this week confirmed to the Weekend Argus that Van Boven is definitely linked to the Hess murders.

"There was semen found at the (Hess) scene, however, we are still waiting for the DNA results," Sandy Hess, the spokesperson for the family, said.

Sandy said the accused would appear at the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for Jesse's murder.

Jesse's aunt and family spokesperson, Sandy Hess, outside Wynberg Court. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

She told the Weekend Argus that the suspect had allegedly tried to suffocate the Hanover Park teenager - the same modus operandi used to murder Jesse. 

Jesse was found dead on her bed, while grandfather Chris was found tied up and gagged in the toilet in their one-bedroom flat in Parow.

Following van Boven's arrest Sandy said the family felt a sense of relief knowing that the suspect was behind bars. “However, it is not over yet as there is long road ahead with court proceedings.”

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