Booysen case: Errors during investigation

Pieter Du Toit believes police may have made mistakes while investigating the murder.

Murder accused Johannes Kana in court with his lawyer on 7 October 2013. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The lawyer representing Johannes Kana, the man standing trial for the deadly attack on Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen, believes police may have made glaring errors while investigating the case.

Two police investigators have testified in the rape and murder trial in the Swellendam Circuit Court.

The investigating officer is expected to take the witness stand again today.

Booysen was raped, mutilated and left for dead at a construction site in Bredasdorp in February. She later died in hospital due to severe injuries.

The 17-year-old was found by a security guard.

It was first suspected the teenager was gang raped, but after two men were arrested in connection with her attack, one was later released as there was no proof he was involved.

Kana's lawyer Pieter Du Toit says, "Up until now, the impression that was created was that the crime happened where she was found. Now it seems that's not the truth because there's clear evidence of possible blood on the other side."

On Tuesday, K9 Unit police member Jerome Timmy told the court Booysen was dumped at the construction site.

He told the court he and his sniffer dog inspected the crime scene just hours after the incident.

Timmy said at first glance, possible blood splatter was found on two sticks.

There were also possible blood stains at a nearby house.

Drag marks could also be seen, Timmy said.

He told the court he shared his theory with the investigating officer.

On Monday, the judge ruled evidence collected when Kana pointed out the crime scene in February could not be used in court.

The judge found the officer failed to read Kana his rights verbatim.