Kana’s family rally behind him

Johannes Kana is accused of the rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen.

FILE: Johannes Kana in court. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The aunt of the man accused of the rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen says the family will stand by him throughout his trial.

Johannes Kana is standing trial in the Swellendam Circuit Court.

He has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the 17-year-old, but denies killing her.

An emotionally distraught Mina Sarels told Eyewitness News relatives have rallied around Kana supporting him during his trial.

Wiping away her tears she admits she loves her nephew like her own son.

Sarels said Kana stayed with her for at least three years and says she still can't believe he's being accused of such a crime.

She says Kana told her he's doing fine under the circumstances and said it also makes it easier for her knowing he's being treated well in prison.

His trial resumes on Thursday.

PARAMEDIC TESTIFIES

In court on Wednesday, paramedic Wicus Kiewietz testified he saw a woman lying between two houses when he arrived at the construction site in the early hours of 2 February.

Kiewietz told the court the teenager was lying on her left shoulder when he turned her on her back to see if she was still alive.

He said he almost immediately noticed blue marks on her body.

Booysen's intestines could also be seen between her legs.

While trying to treat the teenager in the ambulance, she kicked and screamed.

Kiewietz said she was in immense pain.

Earlier on Wednesday, the court retraced Booysen's last steps.

An in-loco inspection kicked off with a visit to the pub where the teenager, Kana and her friends had been partying.

The suspect was accompanied by a witness and court officials.

Bredasdorp residents came out to support Kana.

Locals shouted and cheered as Kana left the police van.

The 21-year-old was even given the thumbs up by some residents.