Booysen: Trial within trial to get underway

A police officer will take the stand in the Anene Booysen murder case on Friday.

Johannes Kana arrives on the scene escorted by police. Pictrure: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Anene Booysen rape and murder case will now have a trial within a trial.

Johannes Kana is charged with raping and mutilating the 17-year-old at a construction site in February.

So far 15 witnesses have testified since proceedings started last week.

Booysen's foster mother also testified in the Swellendam Circuit Court.

The trial within a trial stems from the state and defence lawyers having different views on whether Kana's rights were infringed when he pointed out sections of the crime scene.

It is believed to have happened after his arrest.

A police officer, who is part of the investigating team, will take to the stand on Friday.

Judge Patricia Goliath will decide if the evidence can stand in court.

Kana has confessed to punching and kicking Anene before raping her.

He claims he then ran away.

A post-mortem report shows Booysen died due to the severe injuries she sustained after being mutilated.

Earlier this week, two doctors who helped treat Booysen shortly after the attack, testified it was one of the most gruesome cases they had ever dealt with.

Trauma unit doctor Liezl Taylor told the court in her 10-year career, she had never seen such gruesome injuries.

She said Booysen was severely traumatised and in a lot of pain.

Taylor testified while they tried everything they could to save Booysen, she knew the teenager would not make it.

Doctor Elizabeth de Kock, who was the first to treat the teenager at a Bredasdorp hospital, told the court a sharp object may have been used to mutilate her.