Booysen trial: Witness accused of lying

Johannes Kana’s lawyer has cast doubt over the reliability of witness number three.

Murder accused Johannes Kana in court with his lawyer on 7 October 2013. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The lawyer representing Johannes Kana, who is standing trial for the rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen, has pointed out apparent discrepancies in statements made by the third witness.

Rian Scheepers, who is a friend of Kana, is currently in the witness box.

The trial is underway at the Swellendam Circuit Court.

Kana has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the 17-year-old in February, but denies having anything to do with her murder.

Booysen was raped, mutilated and left for dead at a construction site.

Kana's lawyer Pieter du Toit interrogated Scheepers on two separate statements he made at the Bredasdorp Police Station just days apart.

In one statement, Scheepers indicated the accused did not wear a cap on the night Booysen was attacked, but du Toit quickly pointed out while on the stand on Monday he testified that he did.

He then went on to accuse the witness of telling the court lies.

Kana sat and listened intently as his friend testified.

Scheepers previously admitted he saw Kana and the teenager walk away from a pub together at around 2am.

He also told the court the accused looked sad when he made a confession to him.