Booysen murder accused off the hook

All charges against Jonathan Davids have been dropped by the State.

Two men accused of Anene Booysen's rape and murder appear in Bredasdorp regional court. Picture: EWN

BREDASDORP - The state announced on Tuesday that it was withdrawing its case against Jonathan Davids in the murder of Bredasdorp teenager, Anene Booysen.

Booysen's case attracted international attention in February when she was allegedly gang raped and mutilated after leaving a local tavern in the Overberg town.

The 17-year-old died several hours later in hospital, after identifying one of her attackers as a man called 'Zwai'.

A childhood friend of hers, Davids, was one of two men arrested in connection with the incident, but on Tuesday, when Davids and co-accused Johannes Kana appeared in court again, the prosecutor announced that the charges against Davids would be dropped.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Eric Ntabazalila said evidence cannot pinpoint Davids to the crime scene.

"The state withdrew the charges against accused number one after a thorough investigation process revealed that there was insufficient evidence against him."

Addressing journalists outside the court, Davids said he is angry as he has spent more than three months in custody for a crime he did not commit.

Kana, who confessed to sexually assaulting Booysen, will remain in custody until the case resumes on 3 June.

The matter is expected to be moved to the Western Cape High Court.