Co-ac­cused present at kid­nap­ping

Cape Argus - - METRO - ZODIDI DANO

IN a turn of events, Nashville Julius, a co-ac­cused in the Han­nah Cor­nelius mur­der trial, ad­mit­ted to be­ing in­volved in the kid­nap­ping of the Stel­len­bosch Univer­sity stu­dent and her friend Ch­es­lin Marsh.

Cor­nelius’s body was found with her pants low­ered on the road­side, close to a wine farm in Stel­len­bosch.

Marsh es­caped the at­tack with se­vere head in­juries and a bro­ken arm.

Julius, through his lawyer, Sca­lyn Collins, ad­mit­ted to be­ing with Ver­non Wit­booi, Gerald Par­sons and Eben van Niek­erk when they spot­ted Cor­nelius’s car parked in Bird Street, Stel­len­bosch. She sat with Marsh in the car.

He said Par­sons and Wit­booi ap­proached the car and they fol­lowed.

De­spite plead­ing not guilty to charges of kid­nap­ping and rob­bery with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances in his ad­mis­sions, Julius con­firmed that he took Marsh’s cell­phone and wal­let.

He added that he left his friends at the parked car to go and smoke.

Marsh, who con­cluded his tes­ti­mony yes­ter­day, re­called putting his head over a brick on the ground and clos­ing his eyes to pray while his at­tacker stood over his head.

He strug­gled to con­trol his emo­tions as he told the court of his neardeath ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The two men were each hold­ing a brick. I closed my eyes and prayed. I don’t re­mem­ber what happened af­ter­wards.” The at­tack left Marsh deaf in the left ear. He con­tin­ues go­ing for tests for his head in­jury.

In De­cem­ber, at an iden­tity pa­rade, he pointed out Wit­booi and Julius.

The trial con­tin­ues on Mon­day.

NOOR SLAMDIEN African News Agency (ANA)

CH­ES­LIN Marsh, left, Han­nah Cor­nelius’s friend who was with her in a car when four men at­tacked and killed her, ar­rives at Cape Town High Court with in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer Mar­lon Ap­pol­lis, to tes­tify against their al­leged as­sailants. |

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