Judgment awaited in Booysen trial

Accused of Booysen’s rape and murder, Johannes Kana will learn his fate after a three-week trial.

Accused of Booysen’s rape and murder, Johannes Kana will learn his fate after a three-week trial. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Judgment is expected today in the trial of the man accused of Anene Booysen's brutal rape and murder.

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

He has confessed to raping Booysen, but maintains he did not kill her.

After a three-week long trial in the Swellendam Circuit Court a verdict is expected just after 2pm.

During final arguments the defence told the court the state had no concrete evidence Kana intended to do grievous bodily harm to the victim, which resulted in her death.

Kana's lawyer Pieter du Toit has requested his client only be found guilty of Booysen's rape and not her murder.

But state prosecutor Maria Marshall told the court Kana was aware the teenager had a crush on him when he offered to walk her home from a local pub on the night she was attacked.

When she refused his advances, Kana kicked, punched and then raped her.

Marshall says he then mutilated Anene before leaving her to die.

Meanwhile, Du Toit says he is sticking to his argument that his client did not kill the 17-year-old.

"The state is asking for the court to find that he injured her in such a way that he should have known that the injuries could have caused her death, that he knew the injuries could have caused her death and that he didn't care and still assaulted her."

During the trial the court heard testimonies from the security guard who discovered Booysen mutilated and lying in a pool of her own blood, the two doctors who treated her, her foster mother Corlia Olivier and Kana's ex-girlfriend.