Witness shocked by Booysen murder

Patricia Leonard told the Swellendam Circuit Court she felt like she lost a sister.

Murder accused Johannes Kana retraces Anene Booysen’s final steps in Bredasdorp. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Patricia Leonard on Friday told the Swellendam Circuit Court she was shocked to the core when hearing about Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen's murder.

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

Johannes Kana pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the 17-year-old but said she was alive when he left her.

Leonard testified when she heard Booysen had been raped and killed, she felt as if she had lost a sister.

She told the court that some of her friends, including Booysen, partied at a pub just hours before the brutal crime took place.

Leonard said the following day, Kana arrived at her house.

She testified when Kana was informed of what happened to Booysen, he was shocked.

Kana told them he regretted the fact he had not walked her all the way home to make sure she was safe.

Leonard also told the court that while making a statement at the Bredasdorp police station, Kana told her he was sorry for what he had done.