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Tokai forest murder: Court hears Franziska Blöchliger was also raped

The four suspects who were arrested are facing charges of murder, rape and aggravated robbery.

The four accused appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates Court on 11 March 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - It has emerged in court today that 16-year-old Franziska Blöhliger was raped.

The courtroom was packed with Blöchliger's family and friends as the four accused face charges of murder, rape and aggravated robbery.

#TokaiTeen Prosecutor says Franziska Blöhliger was raped. He says Semen was found at the scene. Some people in court gasp. @MoniqueMortlock

The prosecutor said evidence found at the spot where Blöchliger's body was discovered, points to her having been raped.

Some relatives and friends couldn't hold back their tears as they heard the details about the incident.

#TokaiTeen A few people in court start crying. Some shake their heads at hearing Blöhliger was raped. MM

Blöchliger's body was found early this week in Tokai forest.

She was walking with her mother when she decided to go off ahead of her.

She then disappeared.

Police arrested three men in a Westlake community a day after the murder, while the fourth man was charged with the possession of stolen property, linked to the case.

The suspects are between the ages of 22 and 27.

It's understood police located the murder suspects after tracking the deceased's mobile phone.

Blöchliger was also badly beaten.

The case has been postponed to 18 March.

SLICK MOVE LED TO SUSPECTS ARREST

A Westlake community member has told Eyewitness News how the arrests in connection with the murder of the teen came about.

Anthea Seabus said three men tried to sell a mobile phone to various community members.

Eventually the phone was sold to a foreigner.

As the mobile phone was switched on, police were able to trace its signal which lead them to the buyer.

The buyer then pointed out the men who sold the phone to him.

Seabus said they're a close community.

'If anything happens in the village, we all come together and everybody knows about it. If we decide we are going to do something with criminals in Westlake, if there is a break-in or something, if we have heard anything, then we come together and we address the problem."

LISTEN: A Constantia resident & Franziska Blöchliger's teacher speak out after her murder.

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