Booysen trial: witness lied to police

The fourth witness has told the court she tried to protect murder accused Johannes Kana.

Johannes Kana was charged with the rape and murder of Anene Booysen. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A fourth witness in Johannes Kana's trial, who is accused of the rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen, has told the court she tried to protect him.

It is day two of the trial in Swellendam.

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

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

The fourth witness, Christa Mentoor, testified she initially tried to protect her friend Kana by telling police he walked home with her on the night of the incident.

She later however changed her statement.

Mentoor was among a group of friends who was drinking with both the victim and the accused at a local pub.

Mentoor told the court she knew both of them very well as Kana was a former colleague and she previously lived with Booysen.

She said they left they pub and were standing outside at around 2am at which point Booysen's foster mother, Corlia Olivier, arrived.

Mentoor testified that the two of them had an argument and Olivier left with another man.

She told the court she then saw the accused and Booysen leaving the pub together.

She said the next morning Kana walked her to work and did not mention anything about what happened the night before.

Earlier, Kana's lawyer pointed out apparent discrepancies in statements made by the third witness.

Rian Scheepers, who is a friend of Kana, told the court he saw Kana and the teenager walk away from a pub together at around 2am.

In a statement, Scheepers indicated the accused did not wear a cap on the night Booysen was attacked, Kana's lawyer quickly pointed out while on the stand on Monday he testified that he did.

He also accused Scheepers of telling the court lies.