Officer didn't read Kana his rights

Police officer Hermien Titlestad-van Zyl maintains the suspect was well aware of his rights.

Johannes Kana was charged with the rape and murder of Anene Booysen on 7 October 2013. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A police officer on Friday admitted she did not fully read Johannes Kana his rights when he pointed out the crime.

He is accused of raping, mutilating and murdering Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen in February.

Defence lawyers and prosecutors are disputing whether Kana's rights were infringed upon.

Police officer Hermien Titlestad-van Zyl testified she did not read Kana his rights prior to him pointing out the crime scene.

She told the court she explained the general context of his rights and made sure he understood them.

A video of their conversation in February was played to the court.

When asked by defence lawyer Pieter du Toit on whether she told Kana what he told her could be used against him in a court of law, she answered no.

However, Titlestad-van Zyl insists Kana was well aware of his rights.

The trial within a trial resumes on Monday.

Fifteen witnesses, including the 17-year-old's foster mother, testified since proceedings started last week.