Booysen case: Final arguments to begin

Final arguments in the Anene Booysen case will begin on Monday.

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

CAPE TOWN - Final arguments in the trial of the man accused of the rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen iare expected next week.

Johannes Kana has been charged with sexually assaulting, mutilating and leaving the 17-year-old for dead at a construction site in February.

After three weeks and testimony from more than a dozen witnesses, the state and defence will close their case.

Final arguments will be heard on Monday before judgment and possible sentencing is passed.

Defence lawyer Pieter du Toit said, "We feel like we have a very good chance of not being found guilty on the murder."

Throughout the trial, Kana maintained he didn't kill Booysen. He has, however, confessed to raping her.

The crime was initially thought to be a gang-rape, but there has been no forensic evidence linking anyone else to the attack.