Pos­si­ble eval­u­a­tion for stu­dent mur­der ac­cused

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AN AP­PLI­CA­TION may be launched for the psy­chi­atric eval­u­a­tion of Stel­len­bosch Uni­ver­sity stu­dent Ja­cobus Ek­steen, who is ac­cused of mur­der­ing and rap­ing fel­low­stu­dent Erin van Rens­burg.

The Stel­len­bosch Mag­is­trate’s Court has post­poned the case un­til Fri­day when State ad­vo­cate Sa­man­tha Rachel, of the West­ern Cape Direc­torate for Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions is likely to bring the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Ek­steen ap­peared in court yes­ter­day in a black suit, white shirt and black-striped tie.

De­fence coun­sel Sakkie Maartens told the court such an ap­pli­ca­tion would be the prose­cu­tion’s ini­tia­tive, but would not be op­posed by the de­fence.

Ek­steen, 24, was a fi­nal-year Bach­e­lor of Ac­coun­tancy stu­dent prior to his ar­rest.

He was re­fused bail last month af­ter the mag­is­trate ruled that do­ing so would out­rage the com­mu­nity and cause con­tempt for the coun­try’s crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.

Dur­ing the bail pro­ceed­ings mag­is­trate Anita Pot­gi­eter said Ek­steen “fi­nally cracked” af­ter seven hours of in­ter­ro­ga­tion by de­tec­tive Jo­han Nel. Ek­steen took Nel to a shal­low grave in the sand dunes at Elands­baai, 300km from Stel­len­bosch, where Van Rens­burg’s body was found.

There were 33 in­juries to her body, in ad­di­tion to seven in­juries to her anal and gen­i­tal ar­eas. – Sapa

Erin van Rens­burg

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