State wants maximum sentence for Kana

Johannes Kana was found guilty of raping and murdering Anene Booysen on Tuesday.

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

CAPE TOWN -The state says it wants the maximum sentence to be handed down to Johannes Kana who was found guilty of raping and murdering Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen on Tuesday.

Kana will be sentenced in the Swellendam Circuit Court today after a three-week long trial.

The state will be putting its case forward when Kana's sentencing proceedings get underway.

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.

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 disagreed with Kana.

She 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.