Kana's appeal application turned down

The man convicted of raping and murdering teenager Anene Booysen will stay behind bars.

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

CAPE TOWN - The man convicted of raping and murdering Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen will stay behind bars.

The Western Cape High Court on Friday turned down Johannes Kana's application for leave to appeal his conviction.

In November, Judge Patricia Goliath found him guilty of the crime.

She handed Kana two life sentences.

NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila is glad that justice has been served.

"The judge said after considering all the information before her, she is convinced that another court will not come to a different conclusion. We are happy with that."

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

It was initially reported the 17-year-old's attack had been a gang-rape, but it was later revealed Kana was solely responsible.

Kana admitted to raping Booysen, but denied murdering her.