Possible evaluation for student murder accused
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