School­girl’s hor­rific killing: man in court

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LAWYERS for mur­der ac­cused Jo­hannes van Wyk, 24, are pre­par­ing to start his for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­tion as he stands ac­cused of mur­der­ing Anika Smit in 2010.

Van Wyk made a brief ap­pear­ance in the Pre­to­ria North Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day morn­ing, where his case was post­poned.

“It is stan­dard pro­ce­dure to post­pone for a for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­tion. We need to pre­pare an af­fi­davit in sup­port of his bail ap­pli­ca­tion in terms of Sec­tion 60 of the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure Act,” said Van Wyk’s in­struct­ing at­tor­ney, Latham Dixon.

Dixon said the State also needed to pre­pare its case. As he walked into the court­room from the hold­ing cells, Van Wyk greeted fam­ily mem­bers in the pub­lic gallery. He handed him­self over to po­lice on Septem­ber 16, say­ing he had in­for­ma­tion about Anika’s mur­der.

Anika was 17 at the time and in Grade 11 at Ger­rit Maritz High School. She did not at­tend school on the day she was killed, due to an ear in­fec­tion.

She was found by her fa­ther with her throat slit. She had been sex­u­ally as­saulted, her body rid­dled with stab wounds and her hands were cut off. They were never found.

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AC­CUSED: Jo­hannes van Wyk in the dock in Pre­to­ria yes­ter­day.

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