Ketani murder case postponed

Six men appeared in court in connection with the 13-year-old murder case.

Forensic experts excavate Betty Ketani's grave. Picture: Alex Eliseev/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A magistrate in the Betty Ketani murder case on Thursday described a defence lawyer's attempt to have the charges thrown out of court as "running into a brick wall".

Six men appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court in connection with the 13-year-old murder case.

The suspects were arrested after a confession letter was found hidden under a carpet at a Kenilworth home, south of Johannesburg, earlier in 2012.

In court on Wednesday, prosecutor Namika Kowlas asked the court for a one month postponed in order for the state to centralise the charges.

This was due to the fact that some of the alleged crimes had taken place in different jurisdictions.

But suspect Carrington Laughton's lawyer, Carl "Boesman" van der Westhuizen, argued the matter should be thrown out of court.

He tried to present case law to back his request.

Van der Westhuisen also accused Kowlas of misleading the high court about when the accused will be served their indictments.

Magistrate Paul du Plessis grilled both sides before granting the postponement, ordering the state to have its house in order by the next appearance.

The case could be transferred to the South Gauteng High Court.