Teen tells of day of mur­der

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS - ZELDA VENTER

zelda.venter@inl.co.za A TEENAGER ac­cused of mur­der sobbed un­con­trol­lably as he de­scribed how his co-ac­cused fired two shots into the head of the sec­re­tary who was loved by all at the Rab­boni Chris­tian School in Brits.

The youth, who is now 18, may not be named as he was still a boy at the time of the mur­der of Hester Koster in Novem­ber 2016.

He said he had no idea about the friend’s in­ten­tions that day when they had asked Koster – af­fec­tion­ately called “Tan­nie SB” – for a lift into town af­ter an exam.

He told the Gaut­eng High Court, Pre­to­ria, he was shocked when his friend, who also can­not be iden­ti­fied due to his age at the time, over­pow­ered Koster while she was driv­ing. He forced her out of the car and bound her hands with duct tape. When she tried to run, he tripped her. “I turned away and I heard two shots. I turned back and I saw Tan­nie SB on the ground. She was bleed­ing from the head.”

The teenager cried so hard at this point that the court had to ad­journ to al­low him to com­pose him­self. He sat with his head bowed in the wit­ness stand, tears rolling down his cheeks.

When he re­sumed his tes­ti­mony, he said that af­ter the shoot­ing, his friend in­structed him to get into Koster’s car. They then drove off, leav­ing the dy­ing woman at the road­side.

“I was ter­ri­bly afraid. I did not know what to do,” he said.

He said that af­ter their exam his friend said he wanted to get tape to fix his books. They got tape from the school handy­man, and his friend had put it in his blazer pocket.

He told the court his friend used to bring the mag­a­zine of a firearm to school. He showed it to his class­mates and bragged that he was go­ing to join his gang­ster friends.

On the day of the mur­der, the friend said he did not want to go home as his mother would in­sist he do school­work and not go to town. He asked the taxi driver to drop their school bags off at home.

The sec­ond boy said that be­fore they be­came friends, the older boy had bul­lied him, and hit him in the chest. He said he had not taken the friend home as his par­ents would not have ap­proved.

The friend, who is now 19, has been con­victed of mur­der and is serv­ing a 25-year jail sen­tence.

In his trial, he ad­mit­ted he stole his fa­ther’s semi-au­to­matic firearm and placed it in his schoolbag be­fore the mur­der.

(Pro­ceed­ing)

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