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Judgment underway in the Betty Ketani murder trial

The verdict is expected to be handed down over the next three days, 17 years after the murder.

Betty Ketani, left, and Conway Brown who has confessed to playing a role in her 1999 murder. Picture: File.
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JOHANNESBURG - Having summarised the State’s case in the Betty Ketani murder trial, the judge will now move onto the evidence presented by the defence.

Judgment is being handed down in the so-called cold case – following a two year trial centred around the discovery of a letter hidden under a carpet.

Four years after arrests were first made, the verdict is expected to be handed down in the next three days.

Three men, Conway Brown, Paul Toft-Nielsen and Dirk Reinecke, stand accused of murdering Ketani 17 years ago, but they have all pleaded not guilty claiming the letter under the carpet is a forgery.

Judge Natvarial Ranchod said, “Mr Brown described how he and Paul Toft Nielson broke the concrete, removed the broken cement and bones and placed in plastic bags.”

Earlier, Ronchod described as “dramatic” the opening words of the confession at the heart of the case.

He began by reading out the three-page letter at the centre of this trial.

Judgment was unexpectedly stood down to Wednesday. 

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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