Kana sentencing postponed

Kana was found guilty for the rape and murder of Anene Booysen.

Johannes Kana was found guilty of the rape and murder of Anene Booysen in the Swellendam Circuit Court on 29 October. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Sentencing of Johannes Kana, the man found guilty of raping and murdering Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen, has been postponed until Friday.

Kana was found guilty by the Swellendam Circuit Court on Tuesday and was due to be sentenced today after a three-week long trial.

The state says Kana has a complete disregard for human life.

State prosecutor Maria Marshall told the court Kana was aware Booysen had a crush on him.

Anene Booysen was raped and murdered on 2 February 2013.

She said Kana mutilated Booysen after raping her because he wanted her dead as he was worried she would report him to the police.

Marshall said the crime not only shocked the Bredasdorp community but the entire country.

The state is calling for the maximum sentence to be handed down.

Booysen would've celebrated her 18th birthday today.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Eric Ntabazalila believes a life sentence couldn't be more fitting on the day Booysen would've celebrated her 18th birthday.

"We are sure wherever she is, she is smiling."

Booysen was raped, mutilated and left for dead at a construction site in February.

Kana has maintained throughout the trial that he raped Booysen, but denies killing her.

He confessed to kicking, punching and raping the 17-year-old after walking her home from Kallies Pub on 2 February.

Johannes Kana points out the scene of the crime.

But the state believes he didn't just run away as he claimed, but also mutilated the teenager, which resulted in her death.

Kana's cap was also found by police on the crime scene.

Speaking in the Swellendam Circuit Court on Tuesday, Judge Patricia Goliath said the court is satisfied with the evidence against Kana and that he is the one who mutilated Booysen, which eventually led to her death.

Goliath said the evidence points to Kana as the rapist and last person who was with Booysen.

In her judgement, she said it is highly unlikely that any other person would have been able to mutilate the teenager in a short time span.