Booysen case: Accused has previous charges

One of the accused in the Anene Booysen murder trial has been charged with assault before.

One of the suspects arrested in connection with her brutal rape and murder of Anene Booysen. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - One of the men arrested in connection with the rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen has had a previous brush with the law.

This emerged in court during the bail hearing of Jonathan Davids on Tuesday.

He and fellow accused Johannes Kana allegedly raped and murdered the 17-year-old earlier in February.

She later died in hospital, but managed to name one of her attackers.

Accused number one Jonathan Davids has previous charges including one of assault.

Some of his offences date back to 2007.

Davids looked calm as he admitted to the court he knew Booysen very well.

He lived at her home in 2010 for five months.

He however maintains he is not guilty of her rape and murder.

In his version of events, he however told the court they both saw each other at the pub and greeted one another.

He claims he left seperately and he found out the next day she had been murdered.

Since Booysen's murder, several women and children have been raped and killed throughout the country.

The latest victim is a 14-year-old girl from Soweto.

The girl was raped allegedly by a 40-year-old man repeatedly since December.

Meanwhile, Gauteng police are looking for three men in connection with the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman in Carletonville.

The woman was attacked allegedly by 15 illegal miners who beat her up with knobkerries before taking turns in raping her.

According to statistics, a woman is raped every four minutes in South Africa.