Booysen trial: Final arguments begin today

The state and defence will deliver final arguments in the Anene Booysen murder trial.

Police keep an eye during Johannes Kana’s court appearance on 7 October 2013. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The state and defence will begin final arguments in Anene Booysen's rape and murder trial in the Swellendam Circuit Court today.

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

Kana has confessed to raping the teenager, but throughout the trial has denied killing her.

Both the state and defence closed their cases last week and final arguments will be heard before judgment and possible sentencing.

Over the last three weeks around 20 witnesses have testified.

During the trial, the defence expressed concern about what it views as a series of police blunders.

The court heard the crime scene was left unattended and that a police officer failed to read out the accused's rights verbatim.

The crime was also initially thought to be a gang rape, but there's been no forensic evidence linking anyone else or even Kana to Booysen's attack.